Nikki Bella announced her engagement to Artem Chigvintsev on Instagram on Friday, January 3. The WWE star revealed that her professional dancer beau popped the question during a trip to France in November 2019. She confessed that they had been trying to keep it a secret, but she couldn't wait any longer to share the happy news with her fans. The engagement will be covered on the next season of Total Bellas, set to air this coming spring on E!
Nikki posted a photo of herself kissing Artem after he proposed in a church covered with rose petals and candles. "Excited for 2020 and the next decade with you @theartemc ❤️ I said yes in France in November! We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!" she captioned the sweet snapshot. They started dating in 2018 after she called off her engagement to John Cena.
"This has been such a beautiful love story to watch unfold — so happy for you!!!!" one fan wrote in the comments section of her post. "You guys seem like true soulmates. I'm so happy you found someone so perfect for you!" another person added. "You could tell by the way she talked about him that this was headed for marriage," a third person noted.
During the same trip to France, Nikki met Artem's parents for the first time and got their seal of approval. "It was the first time Artem saw his parents in five years and his brother. He was so nervous and excited and emotional. They all got really emotional when they saw each other. They cried. I'm not gonna lie — I was really nervous. They don't know English. I don't know Russian, but somehow we made it work. It's crazy when you're put in the situation where you have a language barrier and you're forced to communicate without speaking. They are the sweetest people in the world. Overall, Artem's parents did say they liked me a lot, which is amazing," she gushed on The Bellas podcast in December 2019.
They have hit milestone after milestone in their relationship in recent months. They hosted Christmas for the first time together at their new home in Arizona over the holidays.
The pair have also discussed starting a family. Nikki divulged in a Health magazine interview in December that she had decided to freeze her eggs after finding out that she suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome.
"I definitely want to be a mom one day, but I don’t want it now. I’m in this unfortunate situation where I’m 36 and everyone is reminding me, ‘Your eggs, your eggs!’ So I’m freezing my eggs. I also found out I have PCOS — it kills your fertility. I’m getting brown spots all over my face, acne, weight fluctuations and hair loss. I actually just found out and was devastated. You research it, and there is no cure. I just pray I have some fertile eggs left and that I can still be a mom. So, yes, I do feel like being a mom is in my future. I am just not sure how soon," she said.
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