Total Divas star Nikki Bella has been engaged twice: Once to John Cena and currently to Artem Chigvintsev.
Bella ended her engagement with the WWE wrestler in April 2018. The main reason they decided to spit was because Bella wanted children and Cena didn’t. Although he acquiesced, saying he would be a father for Bella, she didn’t feel right about forcing him into parenthood.
Children were never in Cena’s plan. “I know I cannot handle raising a child… I don’t have the time. And just because everyone else is happy with children doesn’t mean that’s how I have to live,” Cena told Rolling Stone in 2016. “I’m stubborn as f*** and extremely selfish as well. I don’t want kids.”
Bella met Chigvintsev in 2017 when they were patterned together on Dancing With the Stars. At the time she was still with Cena. But after they split, Chigvintsev and Bella reconnecting and starting dating in January 2019. Children are something that Chigvintsev was on board with and their currently expecting their first baby together.
The couple announced they were getting married in January, two months after Chigvintsev proposed. “Excited for 2020 and the next decade with you @theartemc ❤️ I said yes in France in November!” she wrote. “We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!”
Chigvintsev Looked at $1 Million Engagement Rings
Chigvintsev proposed to Bella with a “classic” Harry Winston-style ring that has a rectangular diamond and silver band, People magazine wrote, citing a January YouTube video Bella made with her sister, Brie Bella. “You know me. I’m a very classic, old Hollywood type. I love it,” she said in the video.
Even though she loved the ring, it wasn’t the right size and she wanted to change the setting. “I really love the shape; it’s very classic,” Bella said.
“When I was looking at it I was like, ‘I think it could be set a little different.’ And so the guy was like, ‘Wow, your girl has a really good eye. She’s actually right about the setting’ — just because I felt like it wasn’t showcasing this gorgeous diamond that he picked out,” Bella, 36, added.
As shown on Total Bellas, Chigvintsev was shocked at how much the rings Bella wanted cost. Bella had told her sister she wanted a 5-carat ring, and when he went to Goldstein Diamonds he was overwhelmed with the price tags, which ranged up to $1 million.
“I feel bad for Artem right now because, hearing these prices, he is dying inside,” Brie Bella teased. “I feel like I’m gonna have to carry him out of here. Poor guy!”
Cena Proposed With a Nearly 5-Carat Diamond
Bella might have gotten the idea of a 5-carat diamond ring from her first fiance, Cena. The ring was a “classic” design from Tiffany & Co. that reportedly cost up to $115,000, a jewelry appraiser told E! Online.
“The center stone is a perfect, round, brilliant diamond around 4 1/2 to 5 carats and about 1/2 carat of round, brilliant diamonds flanking the center stone on the band,” Gemologist Appraiser Deborah Villepigue told the publication. “All the diamonds are set in platinum in a classic, six-prong platinum head. It’s a classic Tiffany design. The center diamond should be VS-1 in clarity and D-E color.”
Cena proposed to Bella at WrestleMania 33 in April 2017, and said, “I have been waiting so long to ask you this. Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”
Bella loved the public proposal. “It’s where we met. It’s our passion and our life. For me, it’s like, he is my prince charming,” she said on Today at the time. “And honestly, I couldn’t have asked for it to be any other way. It was perfect.”
Bella later revealed on Maria Menounos podcast, “Better Together,” that the differences made them incompatible. “Even in the end when he was willing to give me kids, I could just tell, it’s not what we wanted. And that’s really, like, you know, what pushed me in the end,” she said, according to Us Weekly.
It wasn’t because they didn’t try. “Overall, we did have such an incredible relationship, it was just two people that wanted two different lives,” she said. “We were trying so hard to make it one.”
Cena is now dating Shay Shariatzadeh. As noted by Cheatsheet, Rumors swirled that the couple is engaged, though nothing has been confirmed.