Happy for them. carrie ann inaba sent love to ex Artem Chigvintsev after his wedding with nikki bella.
“Congratulations”, the dancing with the stars The judge, 54, wrote via an Instagram story of the joint posting of the wedding of Bella, 38, and Chigvintsev, 40, on Monday, August 29. Inaba tagged both her ex-boyfriend and the Total Fines star and added a lot of red heart emojis.
Bella and the Russian native announced the news of their wedding via Instagram with a carousel of two photos: one detailed their wedding rings while another showed them on their special day in Paris, France. “We said YES, I can’t wait to share the whole ride with you all when our four-part special event series, ‘Nikki Bella Says I Do,’ premieres on @eentertainment. #NikkiBellaSaysIDo,” Bella captioned the series.
The newlyweds originally met when they were partners on season 25 of ETAP while Bella was still engaged to John Cena. After splitting from the 45-year-old wrestler, Bella moved in with the ballroom pro in January 2019. They announced her engagement the following year and welcomed her son Matteo in July 2020.
Meanwhile, Inaba and Chigvintsev’s relationship dates back to the mid-2000s, when they first met on the set of So you think you can dance in 2006. However, after nearly three years together, the former couple broke up.
“[He’s] a good gentleman,” he said. People in February 2009, noting that their split was amicable. “I have never dated someone grounded, always willing to talk. I am very happy for him and the success he is having.”
After Chigvintsev joined ETAP as a professional dancer in 2014, her past romance was in the news again. Bella later joked about her relationship in September 2019 after the ABC show changed the rules, giving the judging panel a bigger role in the eliminations.
“I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. I think Carrie Ann would have totally saved us. And not because you guys dated… but she really liked my technique!” the podcast host joked entertainment tonight.
Though she may have been generous to Bella, Inaba still faced backlash in November 2020 regarding her perceived treatment of her ex. ETAP fans believed the judge was too harsh on the ballroom pro after his harsh criticism of him and his Bachelorette party fellow alum at the time, kaitlyn bristowe.
“I think it’s hysterical. Do you know what I love? This is what I love about Single fans and Bachelorette party fans. They can create a story around it!” Inaba said us weekly exclusively after the November episode.
She continued, “And it’s weird because I totally understood what they were doing. They’re like, there’s jealousy there and there’s this and that because that’s what the Single Y Bachelorette party it’s about, right? It’s about creating stories about the whole world. Look, I love Artem, I respect him, I love him and Nikki together.”