October 25, 2020

Nikki Bella Says She Had No Feelings for DWTS' Artem Chigvintsev While Engaged to John Cena

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In a recent episode of "The Bellas Podcast," retired wrestler Nikki Bella revealed that she had no feelings for fiance Artem Chigvintsev when they first met on "Dancing With The Stars."

The latest episode of "The Bellas Podcast" hosted by twin sisters Nikki and Brie Bella has been the subject of discussion amongst fans of the show following the juicy revelations made by Nikki.

Nikki and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev first met during the 25th season of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2017. This was after they were both paired up as partners on the famous dance show.

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev during Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports 2019 at Barker Hangar on July 11, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


Lisa Vanderpump, a contestant on the 16th season of "DWTS," appeared as a guest on Bella's latest episode. As Lisa and Nikki shared their experiences with their dance partners while on the show, Nikki revealed that she had no romantic feelings for dancer Artem Chigvintsev during their time on the show.

Nikki was engaged to famous Wrestler John Cena when she first met Artem, and she admitted that it felt awkward performing some quite intimate dance routines with another man at the time. She said,

"It was the first time a man's leg, other than my fiancés, was in between mine, and I was like, 'Whoa!' It was weird."



Nikki went on to say that despite the physical involvement in their routine, she was not physically attracted to him. According to her, it feels crazy being with him now because back then, she felt nothing for him.

The 36-year-old former wrestler revealed that while she did not have feelings for him, they developed some emotional bonds while on the reality show. 

Nikki revealed that she felt vulnerable and, for the first time, left her comfort zone, and had to depend on Artem as the pair sought to make the best of their experience on the dance show.

The ex-couple maintained that they had nothing but love and respect for each other and were committed to being friends.



At the time Nikki participated in "DWTS" in 2017, she had been with Cena for over five years. It came as a surprise to fans when the famous WWE stars decided to end their long-term relationship a few weeks to their wedding and after a year of being engaged.

The duo reportedly got engaged dramatically in front of thousands of fans at Wrestlemania 33. Nikki took to her Instagram to announce the split, and while no reason was given for it, the ex-couple maintained that they had nothing but love and respect for each other and were committed to being friends.


According to reports, Cena has since found love in the arms of Shay Shariatzadeh, and the duo reportedly wedded at an attorney's office in Tampa, Florida. 

The moment Nikki was ready to date again, all she had to do was stir old bonds with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev

The duo are now engaged and from Nikki's Instagram post, where she made public their engagement, their engagement took place in November 2019 in France, and together they gave birth to their first child this year.


Both Bella and Chigvintsev have been previously married and are no strangers when it comes to the demands of "I do." Nikki revealed that she married her high school sweetheart at the age of 20 and got divorced three years later.

Bella is a two-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the record for the longest reign with that title. Despite her turbulent relationships in the past, she seems to have finally found her perfect match in Chigvintsev.