A source has confirmed that Nikki Bella is the one who pulled the plug on the six-year relationship that existed between herself and John Cena.
The pair announced their breakup over the weekend, calling curtains on their romantic partnership and breaking off their engagement. They were expected to tie the knot in early May, but as things stand, there won't be any wedding bells where John and Nikki are concerned.
Said source has told People that the WWE Diva and Total Bellas star broke things off because she felt like Cena was acting like he was doing her a favor by being with her and did not want a "pity wedding" or "pity husband."
“He was making it abundantly clear that he was going into this gritting his teeth the whole way,” the source is quoted as saying. “Nikki is an amazing, talented, strong, one-of-a-kind woman. Anyone would be lucky to have her in their life — yet John acted more and more like he was doing her a favor by somehow conceding to go ahead and marry her,” the source shares.
“[Nikki] doesn’t need a pity proposal, a pity wedding, a pity husband. She’s a phenomenal, tremendous woman,” the source says.
Cena was pretty vocal about not wanting kids and was constantly stressing how hard it was to maintain a relationship with the Bella twin. He just never really seemed like he was willing to meet her halfway
Cena proposed to Bella after a match during WWE's biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, and with millions of eyes watching, Bella said yes. It was a moment that will be remembered for years to come, but now, it has a bit of a black mark over it considering the situation that took place a year later.
“It’s hard for anyone not to wonder why he did it and did it in this hugely public way, in the literal arena where he is most popular,” the source added when speaking on Cena and Bella's WrestleMania proposal. “He knew exactly what sort of response he would get by doing that.”
“All the subtle and not so subtle ways he kept referencing what hard work it was to be in a relationship, all the ways he never wanted to change, how they didn’t need to see each other than often, etc.—it was just so hurtful.”
The 16-time world champion was known for being quite the player before hooking up with Nikki. So by all indications, he will be on the market again. As for Nikki, it may take her a while to get over this.