Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev originally appeared on the marriage fast track. After Bella ended her longtime engagement to John Cena, she was romantically linked to the Dancing With the Stars dancer in early 2019. As the calendar rolled over to 2020, the couple announced they were engaged. “I said yes in France in November! We tried to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the new year!” the Total Bellas star wrote on Instagram in January 2020.
Later that year, they had another exciting announcement as their family grew when they welcomed their first child together. “Our little boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in love!” Bella wrote in an August 2020 Instagram post that included a snap of her son Matteo Chigvintsev’s hand. Unfortunately, their nuptials hit a serious roadblock when the WWE wrestler struggled with postpartum depression, as revealed in an episode of “Total Bellas” airing in January 2021, per E! News. Luckily, Bella and Chigvintsev were able to get through this rough patch and announced on the show that they would be tying the knot in November of this year.
More than a year later, the couple were still unmarried, and Bella defended her decision to postpone the nuptials, according to an interview with People in April. Now months later, Bella has shared another development in their relationship.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev announced they are married and more
After a protracted engagement, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev announced that they are married. That wasn’t the only big news as they also revealed that their wedding would be part of a televised event. “We said I do can’t wait to share the entire journey with you all as our four part special event ‘Nikki Bella Says I Do,'” the WWE wrestler posted on Instagram Aug. 29, along with one Photo of her hands to show off her rings, plus a snap of the bride and groom’s back from behind. Chigvintsev also shared the same post on his Instagram.
The guest list included notable names from both the dance and wrestling communities. “Dancing With the Stars” cast members Gleb Savchenko, Sasha Farber and Alan Bersten were in attendance, according to Page Six. Not surprisingly, Brie Bella was there to support her sister along with wrestlers CJ Perry, Danielle Moinet and Natalie Neidhart.
A year earlier, Nikki spoke of pushing back the wedding date to ensure the celebrations lived up to her standards. “My nana is like, ‘Just make something small,’ but I want a really big party and I want to do it right,” Nikki told Entertainment Tonight in June 2021. She also mentioned how overwhelming it was with her home makeover to juggle with wedding planning. “I feel like if I did it now and tried to get the fall I want now it would just be cramming,” Nikki added. Congratulations to the happy couple!