Back in 2013, when their love was still new, John Cena and Nikki Bella decided to shack up together. But before their cohabitation could begin, the WWE superstar had his new girlfriend sign a 75-page contract, which he has compared to a pre-nup.

Five years later, with the couple’s relationship in tatters, that contract is back in the news as people try to figure out what went wrong.

Cena says that he only had Bella sign the contract to protect his finances. Here’s how he explained it on a 2016 episode of Total Bellas, according to Page Six.

But that rational approach didn’t make Bella understand. “Is that all I’m ever going to be in [John’s] heart, is a guest? Am I ever going to have that permanent spot in the rest of [his] life?” she said in another episode.

But Cena was just protecting himself, someone close to the wrestler tells People.

Cena, who is worth an estimated $55 million, has said that Bella’s willingness to sign the contract was how he knew she was the right one for him. But this week, with their wedding just around the corner, they called off of engagement and broke up. It’s still not entirely clear why, but one new report suggests that it was over the prospect of having children.

Cena didn’t want any. An insider tells People it’s becuase the 40-year-old is so focused on his career that he knows he wouldn’t have the time to devote to a child.

Ironically, Cena’s most recent on-screen performance as the parent of out-of-control teens in Blockers may have actually begun to change his mind on the issue. “It’s certainly changed,” Cena said earlier this month when asked about his perspective on kids. “The movie helps with that, certainly.


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