Nikki Bella and John Cena have tapped out.
For good and for real this time, one half of this long-time and famous couple says.
Following a lot of back and forth this spring, which even included a public and heartfelt plea for reconciliation from the multiple-time WWE champion, Bella has told People Magazine that her romance with Cena is over.
She will not be getting back together with him, chiseled body and enormous biceps notwithstanding.
“After I called off the engagement, we tried to work on our relationship to get back to where it was, and in order to move forward with our wedding," Bella said this week, adding:
"After much time and soul-searching alone and together, we have decided to officially part ways.
"I had a beautiful and loving 6-year relationship with a wonderful man. I have the utmost respect for John, but I know this is what’s best for me."
Back in April, Cena and Bella called off their engagement, as Nikki mentions in her statement above.
They said at the time that the decision was "difficult," but necessary and asked for their privacy to be respected.
This request, of course, was a tad bit ironic when you stop to think that Cena and Bella have agreed to have their lives filmed for the reality show Total Bellas.
Moreover, it was Cena himself who went ahead and made a few details of their previous split public.
The wrestler appeared days later on The Today Show and poured his very handsome heart out.
"I still love Nicole, I still would love to marry Nicole, I still would love to have a family with Nicole,” Cena said on national television, explaining that he's very open to having children, a pretty extreme change in his earlier stance on this topic.
"I don’t want anybody else.
"I love Nicole and I’m really trying to support her in her trying to find whatever it is she wants that made this fall apart in the first place," Cena added a few months ago.
Watch his candid interview here:
Fast forward to the end of May and Cena appeared to have gotten his wish.
Sources claimed back then that the stars had reunited, although perhaps it should have been telling that neither Cena nor Bella themselves commented on this supposed reconciliation.
This latest break-up news, meanwhile, comes just one day after Bella was seen calling off their engagement for a second time during the season finale of Total Bellas.
The episode was taped many months ago, it's worth noting.
But it's also worth noting just what Nikki said at the time about the relationship.
It just sucks,” she said during the finale, adding:
“I wish it could be different and I think that’s why I’ve had almost six years of working on us and fighting and just taking in a lot. I just feel like I’ve hit the point that I’m just so exhausted and done."
Bella didn't sound bitter than and she doesn't sound bitter now.
But she does sound sure of herself.
“It’s just hard when you love someone so much and care for them so much, but you just can’t do it anymore,” Nikki tearfully concluded on the episode.
“It’s not his fault, it’s not my fault. We’ve had this amazing love story and it’s just come to an end."