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Nikki Bella Opens Up About Meeting Artem Chigvintsev

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Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev are living their best lives right now. They became parents over the summer and Dancing With The Stars offered Artem a position on Season 29. After Nikki’s split from WWE superstar John Cena, things seemed pretty bleak. But she found love again and now has a beautiful family.  Even though Nikki Bella is exactly where she wants to be right now, she admits she didn’t see herself with Artem when they first met. The Total Bellas star recently opened up about meeting her now fiance on “The Bellas Podcast.”

Nikki Bella Met Artem Chigvintsev A Few Years Ago On A Hit Dance Show

In case you didn’t already know, Nikki and Artem met when they were partners on Dancing With The Stars back in Season 25. Nikki was engaged to John Cena at the time. She says that some of the dance moves felt really uncomfortable to her at the time.

“I remember the one thing that was awkward for me — I don’t know if you remember in some of [the] dance moves — when their leg had to be in between your leg,” she said during the podcast episode. “I remember … it was the first time a man’s leg, other than my fiance’s was in between mine and I was like, ‘Whoa!’ It was weird.”

Nikki goes on to say that she and Artem did grow as friends. But there were definitely no feelings of attraction at the time.

The Total Bellas Star Found What She Was Looking For

John Cena and Nikki Bella ended their engagement shortly before their wedding back in 2018. The Total Bellas star has since said that possibility of children was the primary cause. John has always been clear that he doesn’t want children so he can focus on his career. He was willing to have them for Nikki, but she didn’t feel that it would be fair to him.

Nikki and Artem made their relationship public in early 2019 and announced their engagement earlier this year. They also announced they were expecting. Their son Matteo was born on July 31. They didn’t fall in love on the set, but Dancing With The Stars will always be special.

“It was the first time I was ever vulnerable, even with a man, because I was always such a strong, independent woman,” the former wrestler said. “I wish I could do it again because I couldn’t take in the moment of the dance being beautiful because I was thinking of my steps the whole time. I wish I could’ve taken in those moments but then where I got the bond was just having to depend on him. And I had never had to depend on a man before.”

John seems to be doing well after the breakup too. He married his girlfriend, Shay Shariatzadeh, this week in a private Florida ceremony.

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