OFF: John Cena and Nikki Bella have ended their engagement

Wrestling couple John Cena and Nikki Bella have called off their engagement.

The professional wrestling lovebirds were just weeks away from tying the knot on their 5 May wedding date after getting engaged during Wrestlemania 33 in April last year, but they have now revealed they’re going their separate ways.

The couple - who had been together for six years - confirmed the news in a Tweet by 34-year-old Nikki.

It read: “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

At the weekend, John, 40, posted a Walt Whitman quote on Instagram which read: “We were together. I forget the rest.”

I forget the rest. #memories #quotes #instaquote #waltwhitman

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The shocking split comes after Blockers star John admitted last month their relationship takes a lot of work.

He said: “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 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 realise 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.”

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