- March 26th, 2019- Celebrity Gist
WWE star Nikki Bella has gone Instagram official with her new boyfriend after splitting from John Cena.
Cena and Bella were WWE’s top power couple before their shock separation not long after last year’s WrestleMania just weeks before they were due to wed in Mexico.
The 35-year-old Nikki – who is one half of act the Bella Twins with her sister Brie – claimed she was the one who did the dumping, saying she got “cold feet”.
Nikki has now gone Instagram official with her new boyfriend Dancing with Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev.
The professional dancer also starred in Strictly Come Dancing in Britain from 2010 to 2013, winning in his first year alongside Kara Tointon.
He actually ended up romancing EastEnders actress Kara after the couple danced their win to victory, seperating in 2014.
Nikki and Artem partnered on the 25th season of Dancing with Stars while she was still together with Cena, and were eliminated in Week 7 on the Halloween special of the show on October 30, 2017.
“I really am ready to hang up the jersey”Nikki Bella
Nikki posted a picture of her giving Artem a smooch as she confirmed the long-rumoured romance.
She confirmed she would talking about the relationship on her new podcast, The Bellas Podcast.
“First thing I’ll be talking about,” she said.
Artem and Nikki were elminated from Dancing With Star just 167 days before Nikki and Cena announced their separation via Instagram.
And her announcement comes after she confirmed she is retiring from WWE due to nagging injuries.
Cena and Nikki had fronted WWE’s reality shows Total Divas, and then Total Bellas, and were two of the biggest stars on Raw and SmackDown.
The 16-time WWE champ had even spoken about Artem potentially choreographing his first wedding dance with Bella.
Nikki last wrestled at WWE Evolution where she was defeated by Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
The two-time women’s champ had grappled with WWE since 2007.
She confirmed her retirement saying her body “doesn’t feel good” and she is “too old for the travel” on Total Bellas.
Speaking on the TV show, Nikki said she made the revelation while travelling with WWE in Europe.
It comes after her twin sister Brie – who became a mum in 2017 – also retired from the ring a few weeks ago.
Nikki said: “[The WWE European tour] was good but I just feel like I’m too old for that travel.
“The travel was really, really rough. So, I realized, I was like, why am I doing this? I don’t feel good.”
She added: “I don’t feel good and I can’t — I mean, the girls are doing amazing things over there.
“I really am ready to hang up the jersey.”
Brie said “you can hang it next to mine” as the two sailed into the sunset of WWE.
Nikki added she wants to focus on her fashion brand, saying “here’s to closing one chapter and the next one opening”.
The grappler is the longest reigned WWE Diva’s Champion – with an incredible run of 301 days before being dethroned by Charlotte.
Known as “Fearless Nikki”, she is one of the most popular female stars in WWE.
Artem’s appearence on Strictly led him to begin a romance with his winning partner Kara, lasting three years.
The pair split in 2014 when Kara revealed: “We are not together. We’re fine, but we aren’t a couple any more.”
He also dated Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba briefly, and also romanced Pretty Little Liars star Torrey Devitto from 2016 to 2017.
The dancer has also appeared in the music video for Hush Hush; Hush Hush by The Pussycat Dolls, dancing with Nicole Scherzinger.
Nikki has boasted she is still friends with Cena, saying they have an “amazing connection”.
Cena and Nikki initially got engaged in the ring in front of 72,000 people at WrestleMania 33.
Bella has also appeared in music videos, has a wine brand with sister, and the twins’ have a line of beauty products.
Her announcement comes as WWE officially confirmed the first ever women’s main event of WrestleMania.
Rousey will defend her belt against Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair at the MetLife Stadium on April 7.
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