Why did they break up?! Fans are still reeling after Nikki Bella and John Cena announced their split and called off their wedding because the news came out of nowhere. The Total Divas and Total Bellas star took to Instagram on Sunday night to announce their breakup — just weeks before the couple was set to get married in Mexico — and fans are still feeling blindsided because Nikki and John were literally #CoupleGoals.
It seems Nikki's twin sister — and fellow former WWE superstar — Brie Bella may have also been surprised by their split even though she has always been critical about John's motives and intentions in his relationship with Nikki. During Season 2 of their Total Divas spin-off Total Bellas, Brie even called John out and Nikki and was caught in the middle of their fight.
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However, Brie, 34, took to Instagram on Wednesday, April 18 to clear up any rumors they she "wants to kill him" amid their breakup. She wrote, "I’ll always love @johncena like a brother. He’ll always be family. My heart is hurting for he and my sister." So sweet...
So if everyone was so close, why did Nikki and John call it quits? Nikki and John's entire six-year relationship was documented on her hit E! reality TV series and from what fans could tell, they seemed to have a near-perfect, healthy, loving relationship — with both partners equally as attractive, successful, and in love with each other. But there were deep issues that plagued their relationship from the very beginning, stemming from a handful of things: the WWE pro wrestler's desire to never get remarried after his nasty divorce from his first wife, his desire to never have children, and his tendency to prioritize work above his family and personal life.Even though John seemed to have changed his mind about marriage — he proposed to Nikki in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania 33 — he still never changed his mind about children. That, paired with a sudden case of cold feet, is what ultimately ended their relationship.
"She never gave him an ultimatum," an insider told People, explaining that Nikki never pushed John to get married. "But as the day got closer, it was like he just went back to who he's always been — which is someone who puts himself first, always. He's an incredibly dedicated, driven, ambitious guy. And for the longest time he said he didn't think he had room in his life for a spouse or kids. It seems like in the end that was still the truth."
Though it's unclear who broke up with who, fans seem to think that Nikki might have been the one to pull the plug on their relationship, and they think the reason is because of John's stance on having children. "Thank God! Nikki, you want AND [sic] deserve kids. Marrying John would have been a tragic mistake," one fan wrote on Instagram, while another commented, "You made a great couple, but you deserve to have a family. That’s an incredibly selfish thing [John] did. If he loved you truly, he would want to have children together. He’s about work....that’s not what’s important in life! His GREAT [sic] loss!!!!! Nikki, you will be an incredible mother! No doubt!" Hopefully they work it out someday...