Nikki Bella revealed how the wedding planning process made her realize she and John Cena had to call it off

On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, Nikki Bella appeared on Today — just two days after her ex John Cena went on the same show, poured his heart out, and pleaded with Bella to take him back. The wrestling couple started dating in 2012 and broke up in April, just weeks before they were reportedly set to be married. It was long rumored that they split because Cena didn’t want kids and Bella did, but during Cena’s Monday Today appearance, he looked directly into the camera and told Bella he was ready to be a father, wanted to marry her, and still loved her.

On May 16th, however, Bella seemed rather unbothered by Cena’s comments and echoed her earlier statements to Extra that she’s simply working on herself but hopes that the two can reunite in the future. One thing she did mention, which we’re sure many couples can relate to, is that through the wedding planning process she and Cena were forced to confront their deeper conflicts — the “issues that we have hiding deep down inside.”

"John — and you guys know this — is absolutely an amazing man," Bella began. "He is such a sweetheart and I truly love him so much. He's my best friend. But I think a lot of us who go through the wedding planning process are forced to face these issues that we have hiding deep down inside. I just know that a healthy me will be a healthy us. I do have hope for our future, but I know right now, I need to work on me. Before I do say those vows and walk down that aisle, I just do not want to be hesitant. I do not want to be regretful."

Bella kept her statement vague, but we have some hints as to what those “issues” might be. Cena’s reluctance to have kids has been well-documented, but Bella recently expressed fears that a marriage to Cena would be a lonely one. In a new clip from Season 3 of the wrestler’s reality show Total Bellas, Bella admitted that she and Cena spent very little time together, presumably because of his career.

"What’s hard at times that people don’t realize about my relationship is I’m alone a lot. I’m alone in these big, beautiful homes," she confided on the show (via "Honestly, John and I have shared our bed together maybe 30 days total, out of six months."

Sounds like Bella has a lot of reflecting to do.

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