Carrie Ann Inaba Reacts to Ex Artem’s Wedding to Nikki Bella


Carrie Ann Inaba and Artem Chigvintsev.
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They are our joy. Carrie Ann InabaSend love to ex Artem ChigvintsevAfter his wedding, he went on to Nikki Bella.

“Congratulations,” the Dancing With the StarsJudge, 54, wrote via Instagram Story about the joint wedding post of Bella, 38 and Chigvintsev 40 on Monday, Aug 29. Inaba has tagged both her ex boyfriend and the Total Bellasstar and added a bunch of red heart Emojis.

Bella and the Russia native announced the news of their nuptials 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 I DO, can’t wait to share the entire journey 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 first met as partners on season 25. DWTSBella was still engaged while she was doing this. John Cena. Bella split with the wrestler 45 years ago and moved on to the ballroom professional in January 2019. They announced their engagement in 2015 and welcomed their son Matteo in July 2020.

Inaba and Chigvintsev’s relationship, meanwhile, goes back to the mid-2000s when they first met on the set of So You Think You Can Dance2006 In 2006, however, the couple decided to part ways after almost three years of being together.

“[He’s] a fine gentleman,” she told PeopleIn February 2009, they announced their amicable split. “I have never gone out with somebody that grounded, always ready to talk it out. I’m very happy for him and the success he’s having.”

After Chigvintsev joined DWTSTheir past romance was resurrected in the news after Bella became a professional dancer in 2014. Bella later joked about their relationship in September 2019 after the ABC show changed the rules, so the judges’ panel had more of a role in the eliminations.

“I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. Carrie Ann would have saved us, I believe. And not because you guys dated … but she really liked my technique!” the podcast host quipped on Entertainment Tonight.

Despite being generous towards Bella, Inaba was still subject to backlash in November 2020 over her treatment of her ex. DWTSFans believed that the judge was too harsh with the ballroom pro following her harsh criticisms of him and his actions. BacheloretteAt the time, alum partner Kaitlyn Beristowe.

“I think it’s hysterical. But you know what I love? This is what I love about the BachelorFans and Bachelorette fans. They can create a story around it!” Inaba told Us WeeklyOnly the November episode will be available.

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 Bachelor BacheloretteIs that what it’s all about? It’s about creating stories about everybody. Look, I love Artem, I respect him, I love him and Nikki together.”