From Friendship to Love: Check Out Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev’s Relationship Timeline

From friends to parents! Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev had a long history before taking their relationship romantic. If anything, their romance has proved it truly is all about the timing.

The Total Bellas star was partnered with the Russian stud on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars, while she was still engaged to ex John Cena. They were eliminated during week 6 but continued to keep in touch as pals.

Surprisingly, she admitted on “The Bellas Podcast” in October 2020 that she wasn’t “attracted” to the pro dancer at that point. “The crazy thing being with him now is there was none of those feelings at all,” the Incomparable author dished. However, she noted they definitely had an “emotional bond” because she stepped out of her comfort zone with the reality dance competition.

Nikki and John ended their relationship for good in July 2018 after calling off their wedding two months prior, and she remained single for months. “I still have a long way to go, but honestly, I’m ready for a new me. I need it … I just want to move forward,” the Arizona native said during an episode of Total Bellas at the time.

She finally confirmed her romance with Artem in March 2019 after months of speculation on her podcast with twin sister Brie Bella, but she was careful to mention they were not “boyfriend and girlfriend.” Despite her apprehension, they soon became inseparable.

The A-list duo is now engaged and welcomed their first child, son Matteo, in July.  Artem’s season 29 Dancing With the Stars partner, Kaitlyn Bristowe, exclusively gushed to Life & Style that the new parents “have a really good, supportive relationship,” and “they’re such a good team.”

“Every time Artem comes into the studio, he’s always just so happy and in such a good mood, and I know it’s because of Nikki and their newborn,” the former Bachelorette star added.

Keep scrolling for the timeline of their romance to see exactly how Nikki and Artem got together!