Cute Cuddles! Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev Snap Selfie After ‘DWTS Win'
Dancing their way through life! Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev have been driving fans wild with their whirlwind romance following the professional wrestler’s broken engagement to ex John Cena. Nearly seven months after Bella and Cena split for good in July 2018, Us Weekly confirmed that she and the Dancing With the Stars pro are dating, and had been seeing each other for “a while.” The pair first met when they were partnered up on season 25 of the reality TV dance competition in 2017. At the time, the Total Divas alum and the Trainwreck actor were still going strong, with Cena even assuming Chigvintsev would be the one to choreograph his first dance with his then-fiancée at their wedding. “As far as dancing, I think he’s probably gonna teach me my first dance,” Cena told E! News in November 2017. “So hopefully I’ll be able to take those tips from him there.” After months of playing coy about their relationship, Bella confirmed her romance with Chigvintsev during an episode of Total Bellas in March 2019, and quickly went Instagram official with the dancer the following day. “Well after that season finale First thing I’ll be talking about this Wednesday,” she captioned a picture of herself planting a kiss on her beau’s cheek at the time. During the finale, Bella gushed over her newfound happiness as cameras panned to her jumping on the back of Chigvintsev’s motorcycle. “I just feel like this free spirit. Truly like a butterfly out of her cage. I don’t know. I have this new level of excitement. I’m just having a lot of fun. And I feel like, the first time ever, I’m focusing on me. It’s crazy. I never in my life would’ve thought that, like, I would’ve had a lot in common with a Russian,” she said. “I’m ready to really explore new things and people and just really see what certain chemistries are all about.” Nikki and Chigvintsev welcomed their first child together — a son named Matteo — in July 2020. Scroll down to take a look back at the reality star duo’s relationship!
10 Celebrity Couples Who Are High School Sweethearts
Teenage dream comes true! Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins, Stephen Curry and Ayesha Curry and more celebrity couples were first linked in high school. The country music star met Akins when they were in grade school in Georgia. By sixth grade, the twosome were best friends. Fast forward to high school and things turned romantic between them. “I always got the feeling that he still liked me the way he liked me way back at church camp in the sixth grade, but I also felt like he gave mixed signals about what he wanted to do about it,” Akins wrote about their high school romance in her in 2020 memoir, Live in Love. While their relationship hit a roadblock when they were teenagers, they got back together after college and tied the knot in October 2012. “We dated once when we were 15, and it didn’t work out. We dated for like six months,” Rhett told Taste of Country ahead of their nuptials. “We remained best friends even after we broke up. We both dated other people for like five years. When I heard that she had ended her other relationship … I moved in for the kill. We kissed, and that was it.” Stephen and Ayesha are another celebrity couple who bonded through their faith as teens. “I wasn’t allowed to date in high school,” Ayesha told Parents Magazine about meeting the future NBA star when she was 14. “We always laugh that we were both focused on God.” The athlete added, “I always had my eye on her, but I got a little shaken, for sure.” After years as friends, the twosome started dating in their early 20s. “I was 23; she was 22. But I knew I had found the right woman and I wanted to start a life with her,” Stephen said. Scroll through for more high school sweethearts: