John Cena and Nikki Bella split weeks before destination wedding

LOS ANGELES: John Cena and Nikki Bella have called off their nuptials just weeks before their wedding date.

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the couple, who had been together for six years, Bella said in a statement shared on social media. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

A post shared by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on Apr 15, 2018 at 6:30pm PDT

While Cena himself did not release any official statement on his social media, he posted images which indicated that he was heartbroken.

A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Apr 15, 2018 at 4:33am PDT

A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Apr 15, 2018 at 8:20pm PDT

The professional wrestlers got engaged in April 2017 on live TV during a couple’s match. Their destination wedding was scheduled for May 5. Previously, in October, they announced that they’d changed the date due their schedules.

While promoting his movie Blockers, Cena, 40, told PEOPLE about how he already felt married to the 34-year-old Total Bellas reality star. The couple was together for six years.

‘People come up to me and say, ‘I love watching your wife on television.’ And I love that, so that happens to me 10 times before it would be a, ‘Yo man I love your work.’ It’s always, ‘I love watching your wife on television,’” he said, adding that he wished the two had tied the knot “yesterday.”

“I’m already ready to go there and it sounds nice hearing it,” he said of fans calling Bella his wife. “I know that we will have a wonderful future together because I love the way that sounds.”

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