In a year that’s already proved devastating for celebrity break-ups, John Cena and Nikki Bella announced their separation this week. While the news shocked fans of the professional wrestlers, who dated for six years, a longstanding and publicly-documented issue may be responsible for the split.

According to, the biggest obstacle in the couple’s fairytale ending was that Bella wanted kids and Cena did not.

“When [Cena] proposed, he convinced [Bella] that he was a changed man,” a source told the outlet. “And if he can change his mind about never wanting to get married, why wouldn’t he change his mind about not wanting kids?”

While of course we don’t know the private details of the couples’ relationship, Bella did open up about wanting children in the E! reality series Total Divas and Total Bellas.

If one person wanting kids is part of the reason the couple broke up (which is a big “if”), they certainly aren’t alone. So many regular, non-celebrity couples have grappled with the same issue, and it’s unfortunately one of the few things in life that doesn’t really have a “middle ground.”

We’re sending so much love to John and Nikki this week, and hope both are doing okay during what’s probably a tough time.