Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev are now officially married! The Total Bellas star broke the good news on Instagram on Monday.
“We said I DO,” she said, then teased, “can’t wait to share the entire journey with you.” A four-part E! special titled Nikki Bella Says I Do will cover the wedding.
Bella, age 38, and Chigvintsev, age 40, met during season 25 of Dancing with the Stars in 2017. She was engaged to John Cena at the time, but they ended their engagement and canceled their wedding in 2018.
Bella and Chigvintsev revealed their relationship on Instagram in March 2019 and became engaged in November 2018 after a romantic trip to France.
On July 31, 2020, Bella and Chigvintsev delivered baby boy Matteo Artemovich less than twenty-four hours before Bella’s twin sister Brie and her husband welcomed their second son, Buddy Dessert.
The next month, Bella thought on the significance of the first time she saw Chigvintsev hold their child.
“It made me so emotional,” she expressed to PEOPLE. “It’s crazy because I’m already in love with this person. I’ve created a life with them, and we’re engaged.”
She added, “But in that moment I had fallen so much more in love with him because to see him be so emotional holding his son, and I could just see this caretaker form, like this man that’s going to protect this little boy for the rest of his life. Just seeing the emotion in his face, it made me melt.”
The reality star claimed that she felt Chigvintsev would be a “wonderful father” to Matteo at the time.
“I was like, ‘We need to plan our wedding. Need to lock this s— in.’ But it just melted me,” she said. “I could just tell in that moment that he was going to be such an amazing father. You rarely see that side of men. So, when you see them just let go and be so emotional while they’re holding something you love so much is the best feeling ever. Huge turn-on.”
After being engaged for more than a year, the couple did reveal their wedding date on the season 6 finale of Total Bellas in January 2021.
“We are going to be getting married the weekend of Thanksgiving 2021!” E! News stated at the moment that Bella declared as her family rejoiced and popped a bottle of champagne.
Here at WWT, we congratulate Nikki and Artem on their marriage.