John Cena on His Split From Nikki Bella: "I Love Her and I Miss Her, but That Is What It Is"

John Cena surprised fans when he got down on one knee during Wrestlemania and proposed to Nikki Bella in April 2017. Fast forward over a year into their engagement, and the couple announced their decision to split up. The two have kept pretty quiet about it, but that all changed when John spoke to E! News at CinemaCon.

"'The powerful play goes on and you get to contribute a verse.' I love that Whitman quote. Life is something tough, but it's life and it goes on," he said, quoting Walt Whitman's "O Me! O Life!" poem. "Nicole knows I love her and I miss her, but that is what it is. And I'm still here, still going — and I chose to go."

Fans will get to see the entire breakup unfold when season three of Total Bellas returns on May 20. In previous seasons, viewers have seen John and Nikki disagree on marriage and having kids. The latter is reportedly the main reason why Nikki decided to call off their May 5 wedding.

"Nikki and John truly love each other, but they will never have the same view on a perfect future," a source told Entertainment Tonight. Nikki has always dreamed of having a family of her own and John does not want children and that was the main cause of their break-up. They are both dedicated to their careers, but Nikki wants more than just that."