Nikki Bella’s Sister Didn’t Like Artem Chigvintsev When They Started Dating

Former WWE wrestler and reality star Nikki Bella is coming up on her one-year anniversary of dating former Dancing With The Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev. The two have been frequently spotted lately enjoying each other’s company (to say the least), where their relationship is obviously going strong.

The couple recently revealed that Bella’s twin sister Brie was not supportive of the romance at first, making it difficult for Chigvintsev to spend time with his new love interest.

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev at FOX's Teen Choice Awards
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Old and new relationships

Bella and Chigvintsev met when they were paired as partners on Season 25 of Dancing With The Stars. At the time, Bella was engaged to actor John Cena. In 2018, the couple went through a highly publicized break up. The former WWE star recently spoke of the healing process she was still going through.

“You really, truly have to love yourself and every day dedicate something to you that is making you better. You also have to let yourself cry,” she said on The Bellas Podcast last month, according to Entertainment Tonight. “I still get days that I cry about my breakup, but we were together a long time. So when those tears come, I don’t try to hold them in. I find a quiet place and I cry… Moments when I’m really down or questioning my decision, I meditate. It’s crazy how clear your head feels and how clear your decision feels.”

Bella started dating Chigvintsev in December 2018. The couple are clearly smitten with each other, often getting snapped by paparazzi exhibiting some serious PDA. In May, Bella commented that she was trying to take things slow. “I think of everything that I’ve been through — it’s been an incredibly hard year, but a year that I’ve had so much growth and I’ve learned so much and I’ve appreciated so much in my life,” she said, according to People. “I have this amazing thing in my life that makes me so incredibly happy that I just am like, ‘You know what — I’m gonna take it day by day and see where it goes.’ I don’t want to jump into anything.”

Family business

Apparently, Bella’s sister Brie wanted her to avoid rushing into any new romances. Having a sense of sibling protection over her twin sister, Brie was less than thrilled over the new coupling. “She was very mean to me,” Chigvintsev told Entertainment Tonight. “It was very tough in the beginning because I had to prove myself in a sense. But I appreciated it from her because she’s a sister who’s looking after another sister and I feel like she wanted to have her back. I respect that.”

Bella shared that Chigvintsev couldn’t attend family events due to Brie’s objection to the romance, making it difficult for their relationship to grow. “It would make me hesitant to be with him and want to take it to the next level,” Bella said. “Because it’s one thing when your family doesn’t like the person that you’re with, but when it’s your twin sister who you do business with, who you’re around all the time… I was like, ‘OK, this is really hard.’”

It reached the point where Brie wouldn’t even want to see Chigvintsev if she was on a call with her sister. “I’d be on Facetime and Brie would be in with [her daughter] Birdie, and she’d be like, ‘Artem is not allowed to look into the camera.’ He couldn’t even be on Facetime, even in the background,” Bella revealed.

Evidently, Chigvintsev was able to win over Brie, and the two have forged a solid friendship.  “They cook together all the time and Birdie’s obsessed with him,” Bella shared.

More family intervention

According to their recent conversation with Entertainment Tonight, it sounds like Chigvintsev’s family is also putting their two cents in, though in a much different manner. “My mom told me that my dad told her to ask me [about babies]. It was a weird conversation,” Chigvintsev revealed. “In my opinion, I feel like I definitely want to have kids, but there’s never a right time to have kids because you will always be like, ‘Oh, I wish this was better.’ My parents had me and my brother when trust me, no one wanted to have kids at that time, and look — we turned out OK!”

The subject of children seems to be a hot topic with the couple. According to E! News, in a recent episode of The Bellas Podcast, Bella asked Chigvintsev directly if he wanted a to have a child with her, where he replied, “That’s so cute! Um, yeah!”

That’s all the former wrestler needed to hear, where she continued to go full speed ahead on family planning. “I want twins. I want a boy and a girl and I want to knock it out all at once,” Bella said. “I want an epidural right when I get into labor. I don’t want to feel anything. Those are the things I want.”

This relationship is definitely one to watch!