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John Cena and Nikki Bella call it quits, end engagement

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WASHINGTON (Circa) -- WWE wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella have broken up after dating for six years. The couple announced their engagement during Wrestlemania in 2017.

In a joint statement released by the couple, the wrestlers said, “while this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.”

Most recently, the pair was seen together during this year's Wrestlemania on April 8th, according to Us Weekly. The Blast also caught the couple walking hand in hand on April 4th during the red carpet premiere of the movie "Blockers."

Cena spoke about the difficulty of being in relationships during an interview with Us Weekly in March.

“Relationships are hard. Don’t ever think that love is easy. Love is beautiful, but we’ve had to come to the realization after being together for five years that love is not easy,” the wrestler said at the time. “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 realize that I can’t live without her and I love her and that’s why I cave in on a lot of stuff.”

Cena continued saying, "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."