Nikki Bella and John Cena split, end engagement

After six years together, John Cena and Nikki Bella have called it quits, the couple revealed exclusively to Us Weekly.

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

Cena, 40, proposed to Bella, 34, got engaged in one year ago at Wrestlemania 33. The two have been dating since 2012. The pair was last were spotted in public together at Wrestlemania 34 on Sunday, April 8.

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John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella during WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards ? Photo Room ? Los Angeles, U.S., 07/05/2017 ? John Cena and Nikki Bella. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Professional wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella attend 'Featured Speaker: John Cena' during 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Katrina Barber/Getty Images for SXSW)
John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella during WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Cast member John Cena (L) and Nikki Bella attend the premiere of "Blockers" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: John Cena, Nikki Bella arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Host John Cena (L) and professional wrestler Nikki Bella speak onstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: John Cena, Nikki Bella arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
John Cena and Nikki Bella on stage at the 30th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, March 11, 2017, at the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Nikki Bella (L) and Host John Cena backstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Host John Cena (L) and professional wrestler Nikki Bella speak onstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Professional wrestlers John Cena (L) and Nikki Bella at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: John Cena and Nikki Bella arrive at The 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the 2016 Fox Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Host John Cena (L) and WWE Diva Nikki Bella attend Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images for Fox)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:Nikki Bella, John Cena, Brie Bella at the NBC Universal Upfronts on May 16, 2016 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/Getty Images)
July 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; WWE wrestler John Cena kisses Nikki Bella as they arrive for the 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Cast member John Cena (L) and Nikki Bella attend the premiere of "Daddy's Home 2" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 03: John Cena, Nikki Bella and Ike Barinholtz arrive for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'Blockers' held at Regency Village Theatre on April 3, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 10: John Cena (L) and Nikki Bella attend the premiere of Blockers at the Paramount Theatre on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
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Last month, Cena spoke with Us Weekly about their relationship, admitting that it takes a lot of work.

“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,” Cena said. “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.”

He continued: “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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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Professional wrestler John Cena rings the NYSE opening bell at New York Stock Exchange on August 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: John Cena attends John Cena and Make-A-Wish celebration of his 500th Wish Granting Milestone at Dave & Buster's Time Square on August 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: John Cena and David Williams, CEO of Make-A-Wish America attend John Cena and Make-A-Wish celebration of his 500th Wish Granting Milestone at Dave & Buster's Time Square on August 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: John Cena and David Williams, CEO of Make-A-Wish America attend John Cena and Make-A-Wish celebration of his 500th Wish Granting Milestone at Dave & Buster's Time Square on August 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the 'Trainwreck' New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on July 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and John Cena appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 251 -- Pictured: (l-r) WWE’s John Cena during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 20, 2015 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Professional wrestler John Cena (L) and actor Robert Downey Jr., winner of Favorite Male Butt Kicker backstage during Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/KCA2014/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: John Cena attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Professional wrestlers Hulk Hogan and John Cena are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 4/1/14, on the ABC the Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: WWE Superstar John Cena speaks at the 25th Annual Susan G. Komen Global Race For The Cure at the National Mall on May 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: John Cena appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Actor John Cena rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 13: John Cena attends WWE SummerSlam Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actor and professional wrestler John Cena leaves a Midtown Manhattan office building on March 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Wrestler John Cena visits Children From The Garden of Dreams Foundation at the Madison Square Garden Transformation Center on March 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: The Miz and John Cena battle during their WWE Championship match at 'WrestleMania 27' at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 214 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Cena during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on March 23, 2010 (Photo by Tracy Leeds/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer David Archuleta and wrestler John Cena speak onstage during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: WWE Superstar John Cena throws the ceremonial first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they play the Chicago Cubs on August 20, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Actor John Cena arrives at Nickelodeon's 2009 Kids' Choice Awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 28, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24: Wrestler John Cena appears in the ring during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 12: WWE Superstar John Cena attends the announcement of the First McMahon Million Dollar Mania Winners at the Hard Rock Cafe June 12, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)
WWE Monday Night RAW in Miami, FL, featuring John Cena (WWE Champion) vs Kevin Federline. Cena defeated Federline January 1, 2007 at the American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Allen Kee/WireImage for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc)
WWE Champion John Cena (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Wrestlers John Cena and Hulk Hogan present an award onstage at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on August 14, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
John Cena during John Cena Signs 'WrestleMania 21' DVD and His Rap CD at FYE - May 12, 2005 at FYE in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
John Cena (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
John Cena during Young Hollywood Says 'Hope Rocks' - Concert to Benefit City of Hope - Arrivals at Key Club in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - 2004/02/02: WWE Superstar John Cena attends a Smack Down your vote! news conference in Washington D.C.. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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