What is more important: Learning to dance or learning how to love? Many people consider these two things to be one. Since its 2004 debut Dancing With the Stars has awarded many mirrorball trophies — and has led to engagements, babies and lasting love.
For the pros, it’s not surprising that they find love with their colleagues after spending multiple hours a day together while filming, rehearsing and hitting the road together on the Dancing With the Stars tour. Although it’s more rare, sometimes a celebrity falls for their pro partner.
In 2017, former WWE wrestler Nikki BellaWas partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. The duo quickly became friends and she got engaged to them. John Cenaat the time. Six months after her run on Dancing With the StarsCena and she split and cancelled their wedding.
In January 2019, Us WeeklyBreaking the news: Total BellasStar was still dating her ex-partner. Three months later, she confirmed their romance. “He lets me be me,” she told UseOctober 2019. “The attention of what he gives me with my soul, with my personal life, my business life. Like, 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.”
The bond grew from there: they got married and had their first son together!
Bella and Chigvintsev aren’t the only pro-celeb couple to find lasting love. In 2015, pro dancer Kym Johnsonwas partnered with Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec. The two had first met and then they decided to get together.
“From the moment I met [Kym], we got along great. This is a very scary experience for me, and it’s great to have somebody like Kym to go through it with,” he shared with UseAt the time.
Those sparks turned into full-on flames as they went on to get married — and have twins! — after the show ended.
For more information, scroll through the gallery below Dancing With the StarsCouples who have made their love last.