So I guess we’ve cleared up that whole is he her boyfriend thing.Because as hesitant as Nikki Bella was to initially define her romantic entanglement with former Dancing With the Stars partner Artem Chigvintsev, she’s happily accepting this new label. “The cat is out of the bag!” she opened her Jan. 8 edition of The Bellas Podcast with twin sister Brie Bella. “I’m engaged, Bella Army!”
Actually, she’d opened that particular bag five days earlier, kicking off the New Year by sharing she had secretly accepted Chigvintsev’s ring during their November trip to France. But the why and how of it all remained a bit of a mystery. Hadn’t she just been talking about how she found the whole marriage thing just a wee bit scary?
Shrug. Sometimes love happens and everything else sort of melts away. And when the guy who turned out to be your forever partner all along kneels down in front of you in perfectly fitted tux…at a Parisian castle…on your birthday, you say yes without reservation.”Artem’s just taught me that love has no rules—it really doesn’t,” Nikki explained of the Russian ballroom pro, 37. “And it’s so beautiful when it’s like that—when you can just love.”That, of course, was just one of the surprises 2019 had in store for her. Weeks later, she was mid-yoga class when she couldn’t shake the nagging thought that she should take a pregnancy test. Initially she brushed it off, thinking she was feeling some type of way because Brie just revealed she was pregnant. “When I came back in, and it said pregnant, I had to sit down for a second,” she revealed to People.
Because, honestly, the 36-year-old had begun having some doubts that she’d ever attain that long-held desire to have a child. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” she told the mag. “So when I thought it was going to be taken, for me, it was really difficult. I was just like, gosh, I can’t imagine life without being a mom and experiencing the miracle of life and raising a child. I’m just so family-oriented that I couldn’t imagine not having that family life.”
Eager not to rush, she set the tempo: “The one thing that I absolutely adore about Artem is I am not in a place to move fast or have something official and he’s such an amazing man that he’s willing to take things slow with me,” she shared, “and we still have these amazing dates, but we don’t have to have labels or titles.” (Save for the few she shared on her podcast, dubbing him “a great kisser” and skilled enough in bed to leave her declaring, “Once you have a dancer, you don’t go back.”)It wasn’t until July, some seven months in, that the Birdiebee fashion line cofounder was finally ready to admit what pretty much everyone knew all along.”We’re like, we’re boyfriend and girlfriend,” she shared on The Bellas Podcast.
She just didn’t realize exactly how short-lived that title would be. Because sometime around when she was shooting down rumors that they were cohabitating (“He has his own house, I have my own house,”) and hinting that Artem would make a good father one day (“Not to me, it could be to anyone,” she insisted) he was out shopping for the perfect rectangular diamond bauble that would satisfy his girl’s admittedly upscale taste.
“As a man, you want to try to give what you think she deserves,” he explained while calling in to Wednesday’s podcast. “And Nicole goes by the bigger the better.”He couldn’t say precisely when he knew he’d be down on one knee in front of both of their families on Nikki’s birthday Nov. 21, “But I remember this feeling in my mind thinking that, you know, I just don’t see myself being by myself, living without Nicole,” he shared. “I love her and I just feel this was the perfect decision to make.”Like with most things in their romance, Nikki was completely in sync. Because of course they had talked about it, they talk about everything. “We communicate on where we’re at in the relationship and I have to say he’s so supportive on, like, have more time to work on yourself or do these things,” she’s said on the podcast, “and that’s what makes me in my head go, God this guy is the right one because he’s willing to be there for me in that place.”
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