Why Nikki Bella is Afraid to Get Engaged Again

Reality star and former WWE wrestler Nikki Bella is clearly enjoying her romance with former Dancing With The Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev. Often spotted by paparazzi in the midst of some flirty PDA, the couple seems to be taking their relationship to the next level.

Bella recently commented on some fears she’s having about taking the next step with the DWTS alum, especially after her highly publicized split from fiancé John Cena last year.

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From dancing to dating

Bella and Chigvintsev were paired on ABC’s competition show Dancing With The Stars in Season 25. The reality star was engaged to actor and pro WWE wrestler Cena at the time, but the two eventually parted ways.  

The reality star later reconnected with Chigvintsev, sharing on her podcast in January that she had a lunch date with the dancer and was looking forward to reuniting. “The last time I saw Artem, I was in a relationship for so long, so I’m just really excited to see him,” Bella said on the episode, according to Us Weekly

Taking time to heal

Over the summer, Bella revealed that she continued to struggle over her breakup with Cena after being together for six years.

Bella admitted that she still shed tears over the split, but found crying to be a vital part of healing. “You really have to do the work on yourself,” she said on The Bellas Podcastaccording to Entertainment Tonight. “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. That’s one thing my life coach helped me a lot with because I still, you guys, 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.” 

Today, Bella maintains warm feelings toward her ex. “With John, I have unconditional love for him. My love, it goes beyond being a boyfriend, a fiance, all those different things,” Bella said of Cena. “He truly feels like family. I’ll never stop loving him, rooting him on, supporting him, protecting him.”

Scared about the next step

With her relationship with Chigvintsev clearly heating up, Bella recently commented on being a bit fearful about getting engaged again any time soon due to her previous high profile split.“I’ll admit, having a public breakup can scar you,” she said, according to People. “It scarred me a lot and that’s why at times, I’ll post Artem and then I won’t for a while. It scared me about marriage, it scared me about kids.”

The former Total Divas star revealed that while she strongly desires marriage and children, she’s taking it slow with the DWTS alum. “It’s two things that I really wanted in my life and now I’m so timid of it, which kind of sucks,” Bella shared. “But I definitely have those scars and I’m working on healing them and doing work on myself weekly.”

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Despite her trepidation, Bella raved about Chigvintsev’s support and understanding. “It’s great to have a man that will do the work with me,” she said. “Artem is always there to support me and make me feel like I’m literally the only girl in the world. 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.”