November 15, 2020
Carrie Ann Inaba has been 'bullied' for her harsh criticism of Artem Chigvintsev and Kaitlyn Bristowe's performances on "DWTS." However, Chigvintsev's fiancee, Nikki Bella has a different opinion.
Nikki Bella is a former professional WWE wrestler turned media personality, best known as the other half of the Bella Twins. The 36-year-old is engaged to pro-dancer Artem Chigvintsev and recently disclosed her thoughts on her fiance's feud with Carrie Ann Inaba.
On November 12, the mother-of-one told the "Daily Pop" that she believed her fiance and his partner, Bristowe were "a little out of line" with their reactions to Inaba's judgment.
The TV personality and her twin sister, Brie seem to be the only ones on "team Inaba" as fans of the show have called out the "DWTS" judge on her criticisms, and even the dance pair voiced out their grievances. Bella expected them to understand that criticisms were part of the competitive show when she said to Chigvintsev:
"She's critiquing you. Like, I don't know why you made this into such a personal feud."
However, it seems the feud is over as Inaba awarded the team a perfect score for their performance to Britney Spears' "Toxic" on Monday, November 9 and they shared a warm embrace. The show's judge told sources that while she understood the pair's decision to hug her, she also didn't want it as "COVID was no joke."
[Chigvintsev] stated that Inaba had judged him on previous seasons of the show and suddenly becoming strict meant she expected more from him.
Bristowe revealed that she and her partner have accepted the 52-year-old's criticisms as a sign to work harder and Monday night's performance proved that they had succeeded.
In response to the rumors that she was strict on the team because of her past relationship with Chigvinstev, the tv personality told sources that she found such rumors hilarious. Her three-year relationship with the Russian native ended in 2009 and as far as Inaba is concerned, she only respects him.
The 52-year-old stated that she would not tolerate fans "bullying" and revealed that she has been replying to those who didn't call her names to explain why her judgments seemed harsh.
Following his amazing performance on November 9, Chigvinstev told sources that he doesn't believe his ex's criticisms were from unresolved feelings. He stated that Inaba had judged him on previous seasons of the show and suddenly becoming strict meant she expected more from him.
He and his partner received a standing ovation from the judge on Monday night and according to the pro-dancer, this meant that he had finally achieved the level of performance Inaba wished to see on the show.