"'While this decision was a hard one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another".
The announcement comes shortly after two other cryptic images appeared on Cena's own Instagram account.
Cena, 40, proposed to Bella a year ago at WrestleMania 33 and the couple has been dating since 2012.
Their relationship was pushed into the pop-culture mainstream after his proposal previous year, which absolutely tickled wrestling fans worldwide. They added, "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives".
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"I'm already ready to go there and it sounds nice hearing it", he said of fans calling Bella his wife. "But we work every day on us".
"I was very abrasive and stern, and she had to sign this insane agreement to come to the front door", he explained. So while many people saw the proposal coming previous year, a few months beforehand, no one would've guessed it.