John Cena and Nikki Bella crushed the hearts of fans everywhere on April 15 when the pair told Us Weekly exclusively that they were ending their engagement after six years of dating.
“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the former flames, who got engaged during Wrestlemania 33 in April 2017, announced in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”
Following the news, Cena — who once admitted he and his fianceé would go months without seeing each other — took to social media several times to express himself after the breakup. A day after announcing their split, the WWE star tweeted, “Hardship, loss, and humility are extremely difficult waters to navigate, but perseverance thru them builds a strength to withstand anything life throws your way.”
Meanwhile, the Total Bellas star shared her own inspirational message on April 21 that read, “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” She captioned it with a yellow heart emoji.
All hope is not lost, however. One month after calling off their wedding, Cena and Bella were spotted taking a stroll together in San Diego on Saturday, May 19. A source also told Us in April that “they could get back together in a year.”
While time will tell, Cena and Bella have been open and honest about their feelings amid ending their engagement. Scroll through to see what they’ve said!
Pure admiration. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have been married for seven years now, and they still can’t stop gushing over each other. In her February cover story for Vanity Fair published on Tuesday, January 2, The Girl on the Train star opened up about her admiration for her husband’s work as an actor. And he returned the favor.
“John is, like, six feet three, and was playing the most approachable man in the world,” she said about Krasinski’s role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. “So people will be, like, ‘Jim!’ Guys want to high-five him.”
Blunt, 34, has been acting for nearly two decades but said her husband helped her realize the impact actors can have in fans’ lives. “I am always under the impression that I have a silly job for a living,” she revealed. “But occasionally you will run into someone who deepens your feeling about it. Sometimes people will say they had cancer and The Office was the only thing that made their family laugh during that time. You realize when you are in something that really touches people that it does offer an escape.”
The pair recently worked on the supernatural thriller A Quiet Place together. The film was the first time the duo have collaborated on a project as a couple, and Krasinski was also left in awe by his wife’s acting chops.
“The air changes in the room when she starts doing what she does,” he told the magazine. “It’s so honest and so pure and so powerful. It’s like a superpower that she can just unlock and do so specifically with not many attempts. For me, I love acting, and I’m so lucky to be doing it. But she’s on another plane. This weird intersection happened while filming where I totally forgot I was her husband. I was just watching her performance and was lucky enough to be in the front row.”
The couple recently moved back to New York City from Los Angeles with their two daughters Hazel, 3, and Violet, 1, because the British actress missed the intimacy and privacy the city offers. Blunt has stayed away from social media and says that she chooses to not take photos when fans approach her.
“Social media has changed the landscape so an encounter with you is valued more as a social-media currency than a genuine interaction,” she said. “Frances McDormand told us — she just makes my teeth ache I love her so much — when someone asks her for a picture, she says, ‘You know what? I’ve actually retired from that. But I would like to shake your hand and meet you.’ ”
Blunt will play Mary Poppins in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, out next Christmas, and says her approach to social media won’t change just because of the film. “I don’t think it does s–t, to be honest,” the actress said. “I think a movie lives or dies on word of mouth and the trailer. I have seen people do endless social media campaigns and the movie tanks, so I don’t see a correlation.”
She added: “I strongly believe that my job is to persuade you that I am playing somebody else, so exposing too much personally is just something I can’t get on board with.”