September 30, 2019
Nikki and Artem showed up as co-hosts on Entertainment Tonight's podcast with Keltie Knight recently.
"I think Carrie Ann [Inaba] totally would have saved us. And not because you guys dated..."
During the broadcast, the couple talked about the latest season of "Dancing with the Stars" and its new rules.
Artem said, "When I did Strictly Come Dancing in the U.K. for four years, that's how they do it. I feel like I'm a little bit biased on this one.
"Because I love the people to be involved ... but I also feel that the judges are the experts, so having that option is good, too. We'll see how it goes."
It was after that when Nikki threw a jab at her boyfriend. Referencing the new voting format, she said:
"I like it. I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. I think Carrie Ann [Inaba] totally would have saved us. And not because you guys dated... but she really liked my technique!"
Artem just put a paper up to his face. "Speaking of the hot seat, today," he said.
In 2017, Artem and Nikki met when the two were contending on season 25 of "DWTS."
They have been involved for nearly five months, according to Pop Culture.
Previously, Nikki was in a relationship with wrestler-turned-actor John Cena before canceling their engagement. They were together for six years.
In an interview with PEOPLE, the professional dancer admitted that she still gets emotional thinking about the breakup. But she is glad to have moved on with her new beau Artem.
They split in 2009 after two and a half years together.