I Wore John Cena Wedding Dress to Wed Artem Chigvintsev

Her wedding ceremony, her guidelines! Nikki Bella shocked her household — and the world — when she revealed one of many clothes she wore to marry Artem Chigvintsev was a robe she initially purchased when she was engaged to John Cena.

“I had the second with that gown … after I noticed it,” Bella, 39, advised Us Weekly solely forward of her wedding ceremony particular, Nikki Bella Says I Do, which premieres on Thursday, January 26. “It was all one thing that I dreamed of.”

The Incomparable creator defined that the gown gave her the sensation of “empowerment,” prompting her to carry onto the garb even after she and Cena, 45, went their separate methods.


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“I went backwards and forwards with that call,” the TV character mentioned of her option to don the robe when she wed Chigvintsev in Paris in August 2022. “For me, it [reflects] how I stand as a robust lady, I used to be like wait, why ought to I not put on what I really like? Due to my previous? It simply didn’t make sense to me.”

Whereas the fact star’s sister Brie Bella disagreed with the choice, Nikki asserted that she’d solely change her thoughts if Chigvintsev, 40, had “a difficulty with it.” To Nikki’s shock, the skilled dancer was “cool about it.”

“He seems at it as only a materials factor,” the wrestler advised Us. “He in all probability needed me to economize however then didn’t understand I purchased just a few different clothes after,” she joked.

Chigvintsev shared his perspective, telling Us that he “dismissed” the query from the start and wasn’t bothered by the historical past of the robe. “I didn’t assume it was going to be that large of a deal for individuals to react how I reacted … I believe [if there’s] a difficulty with it, they’re bringing another power into our happiness.”

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He added: “Why would we need to even waste time speaking about it … It didn’t hassle me in any respect.”

For the massive day, Nikki had 4 totally different outfits, one among which she chosen simply half-hour earlier than strolling down the aisle. It’s not instantly clear which design was from her time with Cena.

The WWE ambassador and Dancing With the Stars professional’s wedding ceremony got here two years after the couple welcomed their first little one collectively — child boy Matteo. Initially, the pair deliberate to have their ceremony close to their house in Napa Valley, California, however they had been compelled to delay their nuptials as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The couple made a last-minute determination to wed in Paris, France as an alternative.

The lovebirds initially met after they had been companions on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars in 2017, nevertheless, Nikki was nonetheless engaged to Cena on the time.

Nikki and Cena known as it quits in 2018 after being engaged for six years. Following the breakup, Nikki moved on with Chigvintsev in January 2019. The couple introduced their engagement the next yr and welcomed their son in July 2020.