Nikki Bella and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev surprised fans when they announced they were engaged on January 3. But it turns out the WWE star and the Dancing With The Stars pro had been engaged since November 2019! So why hasn't Nikki been rocking her ring? She explained all during an episode of her “The Bellas Podcast” on January 15.
“I love my ring. That’s why I’m dying for the jeweler to get it sized and fixed,” Nikki, 36, said on the show. “I want to start wearing it.”
Artem, 37, confessed he found it difficult to find the right diamond for Nikki. “I know Nicole loves, you know, big expensive things and so does a lot of women out there. And, as a man, you want to try to give what you think she deserves," the Russian-born dancer interjected.
He also noted the moment that he knew he wanted to pop the question. “When did I know that I wanted to propose? I can’t recall a specific day,” he said. “But I remember this feeling in my mind thinking that, you know, I just don’t see myself being by myself, living without Nicole. So, part of it is because I love her and I just feel this was the perfect, the perfect decision to make, you know? Because, I’ll be honest with you, I just don’t see myself waking up and for her not to be here.”
Also in the podcast episode, the two talked about wedding planning and what they want to make their special day as perfect as it can be. Artem's parents live in Russia and he added how he wants his "whole family to be here because, you know, it's a very special day." He explained, "Sometimes, it's hard for parents because, the US government thinks that if both parents come to the United States, the more chance of them staying here. So, they usually give you a visa for one parent at a time."
The couple secretly got engaged in Paris and announced the news two months after the joyous occasion occurred. "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," the retired wrestler wrote on Instagram alongside a pic of her stunning ring.
Nikki was previously engaged to John Cena before calling things off in July 2018.