Why Did a 'Dancing With the Stars' Pro's Wedding Get Postponed?
Artem Chigvintsev, a pro on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," has postponed his wedding to Nikki Bella, a retired professional wrestler, until late 2022.
The couple met on season 25 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2017, when they were partners, and welcomed their son, Matteo, in 2018. They also got engaged in 2019.
The long engagement isn't entirely due to their desire to be married for as long as possible.
Bella told ET Online that they are instead waiting for Chigvintsev's parents to be able to attend the wedding.
The couple had planned to marry within a year of getting engaged, but when the pandemic hit, their plans were pushed back and have now been pushed back again.
"I think I said Thanksgiving last year, right?" Bella asked.
"And I'd like to say next Thanksgiving; I can't believe it's been a year, but I really do want to marry Artem. I mean, selfishly, I just want to have that one big day all about me, and I can't wait to wear that dress, but I do want to marry Artem."
However, due to current visa restrictions, Chigvintsev's parents have been unable to travel to the United States from Russia.
"The one promise I made him before we could plan is that his parents would be able to attend, and with the state of the world right now, getting two Russian parents into the country is nearly impossible," Bella added.
"So, as soon as I can get two visas, we'll set a date and say 'I do.'"
If it comes down to it, Bella and Chigvintsev may have baby number two before they tie the knot. "At the rate I'm going, maybe, but this is what I told Artem, 'At 39, if I'm happy where I'm at in life, and with you and you're still in my life, I possibly will get pregnant, and let's try to have that baby before 40, but hey, if not, I'm sorry, she
Chigvintsev appeared on a December 2021 episode of Nikki Bella's podcast and talked about his favorite memory of her, which he said was their first meeting.
"My favorite memory of us, well obviously I know Nicole might feel a little differently, but to me, just the [first] meeting, I think that was the one thing that kind of like tricked me out. I know it's very controversial at this point, whatever, I don't really care," Artem said.
At the time, Bella was engaged to WWE superstar John Cena.
She has stated that she did not develop romantic feelings for her dance partner until later, whereas Chigvintsev did so immediately.
"Dancing With the Stars" has not yet been renewed for season 31, but if it is, the show will premiere in mid-September 2022.