It seems impossible to think of Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev with anyone other than Nikki Bella these days. However, once upon a time there was a relationship with another famous beauty. That would be none other than One Chicago star Torrey DeVitto.
Chigvintsev and DeVitto’s relationship first began rumbling in May 2016. As Us Weekly noted, the two looked cozy over a lunch in support of mental health awareness. Just a day later, the publication broke the news that the stars were actually dating — a fact confirmed by a DeVitto rep. Less than a week later, they walked the red carpet together for the first time, with DeVitto sweetly blushing an ET reporter and asking if the occasion — the Steve Irwin Gala — was her official debut. “Oh, you’re getting me a little hot now,” she laughed, fanning herself. Blushing or not, however, she confirmed what fans wanted to know – “Is that what it’s called? A red carpet debut? Oh yeah!” As for how the former lovebirds met, ET reported that they were set up by mutual friends. It’s no surprise, then, that pictures of them with their matchmakers were soon plastered across social media (per Nur Jared Jr.).
Since Chigvintsev and DeVitto have now split and are in entirely new relationships, those photos have since been deleted. So what happened between them and what led to their breakup?
Scheduling became a problem
Hollywood planning was behind many celebrity breakups, and sadly, Torrey DeVitto and Artem Chigvintsev were no exception to the rule. Just weeks before the one-year anniversary of their adorable red carpet debut, ET reported that the two are no longer a couple.
According to a source who spoke to the outlet, “The distance was a lot for her to deal with… [it] was the main factor.” As many of the real-life partners of the Chicago Med cast know, Dick Wolf’s hit is filmed in the Windy City itself. With Chigvintsev’s show filming ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in Los Angeles, regular commuting just wasn’t possible — and that ultimately meant the lovebirds went their separate ways.
Unfortunately for DeVitto, this wasn’t the first time a long-distance relationship had failed. Before her romance with Chigvintsev, the actress dated “Undateable” star Rick Glassman for a year. They also cited distance as the main reason for their separation. As a source told Us Weekly, “Her being in Chicago and him in LA put a strain on their relationship, so they amicably separated.” DeVitto’s breakup with Chigvintsev was similarly amicable. According to ET’s source, there was “nothing dramatic” about their split. However, Chigvintsev was said to have been “depressed about it”. Hey, even an amicable breakup can be heartbreaking!
Torrey DeVitto and Artem Chigvintsev have since moved on
Heartbreak aside, this breakup seems like for the best. Both Artem Chigvintsev and Torrey DeVitto have since moved on and seem happier than ever.
Chigvintsev has since met his happy ending with Nikki Bella. Bella revealed in a January 2020 Instagram post that they had been engaged for months but were finally ready to share their happy news with fans. The couple welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in July this year. As for her wedding, Chigvintsev’s mistress recently told Us Weekly that after months of COVID-related delays (as well as Bella’s caution about marriage), they’ve set a date for next fall.
As for DeVitto, she revealed in an Instagram post last year that she was in a relationship with David Ross. In lieu of red carpet appearances, DeVitto and Ross’ Instagram feeds feature a series of smitten couple pictures accompanied by adorable captions. In a post in honor of Ross’ birthday, she credited her new beau with “being a man who lights up every room he walks in.” In the same caption, she also hinted that they were in it for the long haul. “I don’t know what I would do without you! Luckily I never have to find out.” Given that Ross is the manager of the Chicago Cubs, this seems like a relationship that won’t be put off by distance!