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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!

2017

Just partners! When they were on DWTS together, Bella and Chigvintsev were sent home on the seventh night of competition.

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January 2019

Multiple sources confirmed to Us that the duo were giving love a shot — and had already been together for a bit of time. The news came nine months after Bella and Cena called off their engagement after six years together, though they briefly reconciled, and split for good in July 2018.

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January 2019

Bella and Chigvintsev’s newfound romance was first featured on a January 2019 episode of Total Bellas, where the two enjoyed a lunch date together. “The last time I saw Artem, I was in a relationship for so long, so I’m just really excited to see him today,” the WWE alum said in a clip from the show. “You look good,” she told him. “A lot’s happened since I’ve seen you last, which has been a long time.”

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February 2019

Bella told Us that despite having “so much chemistry” with the Russia native, the two were “just friends” amid ongoing relationship speculation.

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March 2019

The California native finally confirmed their romance during the Total Bellas season finale, and later posted a sweet picture of the pair locking lips on Instagram.

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April 2019

Bella revealed that the two weren’t monogamous just yet. “Yeah, we’re dating. … There’s been a lot of speculation about us … but I’m still dating [other people],” she said on an episode of “The Bellas Podcast” with her sister, Brie Bella. “We’re having fun. He’s showing me L.A.”

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April 2019

Chigvintsev went all out for a date night with his love — even whipping up some delicious recipes in the kitchen, which the duo documented on Instagram. While the DWTS pro showed off his skills, his leading lady sat nearby and sipped wine.

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April 2019

Bella and Chigvintsev enjoyed a night of love at Dancing With the Stars pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson’s wedding.

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May 2019

The duo enjoyed a family-friendly date in Disneyland with Nikki’s sister Brie Bella, her brother-in-law, Daniel Bryan, and her 2-year-old niece, Birdie Joe. The WWE star flooded Instagram with pics of the pair enjoying rides such as It’s a Small World and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. 

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July 2019

Bella and Chigvintsev made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2019 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, with the dancer giving the Total Bellas star a kiss on the forehead.

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July 2019

Chigvintsev and Bella announced in July 2019 that they are officially “boyfriend and girlfriend” after going more than six months without labels. “We’re in a relationship!” he gushed on “The Bellas Podcast.”

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October 2019

In an appearance on “The Lady Gang” podcast in October 2019, Bella spoke candidly about sex with Chigvintsev. “The vagina smiles every time,” she said. 

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October 2019

Bella gushed about her man to Us at the Girl Up #GirlHero Awards in October 2019. “He lets me be me,” she said. “The attention of what he gives me with my soul, with my personal life, my business life. Like, I have never met anyone who’s so supportive and I have no fear that he’s ever going to leave me for my imperfections, which is so amazing.” 

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December 2019

Bella revealed that she was “really nervous” to meet Chigvintsev’s parents. “It was the first time Artem saw his parents in five years and his brother. He was so nervous and excited and emotional,” she explained on “The Bellas Podcast.” “They all got really emotional when they saw each other. They cried.” The pair later revealed to Us that the Burn the Floor star taught the TV personality Russian to prepare for the meetup.

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January 2020

The couple announced their engagement two months after the happy moment occurred. “I said yes in France in November!” Bella wrote via Instagram. “We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!” Chigvintsev, for his part, gushed: “You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. So excited for what’s to come I love you more then [sic] anything and thank you for saying Yes.”

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January 2020

Us confirmed on January 29 that the couple are expecting their first child together. “Say hi to our very strong warrior baby,” Nikki tweeted at the time. “Mama has felt it!”

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January 2020

Nikki called Chigvintsev her “baby daddy” as he cradled her baby bump in a cute pic.

 

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February 2020

Chigvintsev celebrated his romance with Nikki on Valentine’s Day, writing: “Happy Valentine my love ❤️  I’m so excited what’s a head of us , you are one of a kind and I wouldn’t change a bit, I love you just the way you are 🦄 .”

Nikki, for her part, declared her love for her soon-to-be husband as well. “Our relationship isn’t perfect, no ones is, but it’s ours, and I love it! Love doing life with you, even when it gets hard,” she captioned an Instagram post, which featured footage from their trip to Germany. “Thank you for putting up with me lol. I know we are on the right path God has planned for us. Love you my A! ❤️

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April 2020

Nikki told Us exclusively on the “Watch With Us” podcast that she’s unsure if she’ll take Chigvintsev’s last name when they wed. “I can’t even say my soon-to-be last name,” she previously said. “I always tell him, like, ‘Can you just be Bella? It’s easier!’ I feel like in this day and age, like, come on. The future is female. I kind of like just mine, but we’ll see. He’s very traditional, which I love.”

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May 2020

On the “Big Demi Energy” podcast, Nikki said that she and Chigvintsev have postponed their wedding due to their child’s arrival and the COVID-19 crisis. “I want to make sure the world is in such a clear space,” she shared. “The day I get married, I just want a massive party. I want a bash. I want everything I’ve dreamed of.” 

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June 2020

Nikki honored Chigvintsev on his 38th birthday with a sweet Instagram tribute. “Happy Birthday My Click!!” she wrote. “@theartemc I love you so much! You are such a bright light in my life. Thank you God for him! Excited for many more birthdays, journeys, travels, and experiences together … and with our baby boy.”

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June 2020

Nikki and Chigvintsev’s revealed the sex of their baby during the Total Bellas season finale.

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July 2020

Nikki shared an intimate photo from the couple’s pregnancy photo shoot.

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July 2020

During their joint interview with Mini Magazine, Nikki revealed how the pair are gearing up for parenthood. “Artem just got me a Gucci diaper bag and I’m obsessed,” she explained. “I’m definitely going to try and keep my fashion up to par as a mama and this is a good place to start.” 

She also shared that they “went with a moon and stars theme” for their baby’s nursery, adding: “I wanted something very soothing and meditated and also day-dreamy. I just want my boy to get lost in the stars. We have a lot of gray and blues throughout the nursery and dark wood. It’s super handsome!”

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July 2020

Nikki confirmed in August 2020 that the couple welcomed their first child together on July 31, 2020. “Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE!” she wrote via Instagram, sharing a photo the pair’s hands entangled with their son’s. “Everyone is safe and healthy.”

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November 2020

The Dancing With the Stars pro wished his fiancée a happy 37th birthday on November 21, sharing a pic of the couple on Instagram and writing, “I want to wish the happiest birthday to my beautiful and definitely better other half you are my rock , you have been absolutely incredible as a mom to Matteo and I am so lucky to have you. I want to wish you lots of success, love and happiness and everything you wish for your self. I love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you to celebrate.”

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November 2020

Nikki cuddled with Chigvintsev following his Dancing With the Stars win. “Mi casa,” she captioned the social media upload, which translates to, “My home.”

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