WWE superstars John Cena and Nikki Bella have ended their engagement after six years together.
The pair have decided to call it quits and claim they “continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.”
Cena, 40, got down on one knee for Bella, 34, during last year’s WrestleMania.
In this year’s blockbuster event, eight days ago, Bella could be seen wearing her engagement ring and she posted a photo on Instagram sporting the diamond within the last 24 hours alongside her sister Brie.
A statement from the couple said: “After much contemplation and six years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple.
“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.
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“We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”
Both have been posting cryptic messages on Instagram, with Cena using the Walt Whitman quote: “We were together. I forget the rest.”
He later posted another, which said: “Worst day ever.”
Cena recently admitted they spend months apart at times — with their time in the spotlight clearly taking its toll.
The pair were spotted together in public at this year’s event nine days ago but there had been signs the relationship was over.
Cena told the American magazine US Weekly: “Relationships are hard. Don’t ever think that love is easy.
“Love is beautiful, but we’ve had to come to the realisation after being together for five years that love is not easy.
“We work every day on us. We have our problems just like everybody else.
“Some of our problems are very public, some of them aren’t. But we work every day on us.
“Anytime I get upset, I always just realise that I can’t live without her and I love her and that’s why I cave in on a lot of stuff.
“It takes being able to mesh two lives.
“I would never ever want Nicole to be in a position where she says, ‘I’m holding you back from doing this because I feel it’s wrong for us.’
“And I would never say that to her. That’s why she’s super busy and sometimes we don’t see each other for months at a time, but when we do see each other, it’s our time together.
“I think, for now at least, that is certainly what’s making this work.”