Nikki Bella Reveals She & Artem Chigvintsev Went to Therapy During "Rough Patch" in Relationship

By Samantha Bergeson Nov 10, 2021 7:53 PMTags
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Done with the distance. 

Nikki Bella revealed that she went through a "rough patch" with fiancé Artem Chigvintsev due to spending time apart for their respective careers.

"This is the longest we haven't seen each other," Nikki opened up during her The Bellas Podcast with twin sister Brie Bella on Nov. 10, citing that she has spent over six weeks away from Artem while he's filming Dancing With the Stars and she serves as a judge for the upcoming America's Got Talent: Extreme

She continued, "It's been hard on [Artem] and it's been hard on me too, to not have my man in my bed." 

The Total Bellas star also shared that she struggles co-parenting 15-month-old son Matteo Chigvintsev with Artem from afar. "Teo goes everywhere with mama," Nikki noted. "That's where he's comfortable, that's where he does best. [But] when you're away from each other, there's different time zones. Myself having Matteo and working long hours, I need Artem to check in in ways of like, 'How are you? how are you doing? How's Matteo doing? What can I do?'" 

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Nikki continued, "Sometimes I feel like the other person, mainly the dads, they get into this [space of thinking] they FaceTimed and that's great, and they get on the phone and that's where it ends for them. And it's just hard when the involvement beyond that isn't there."


And, all the "to-do lists" fall on Nikki.  "I'm doing the whole family's to-do lists, Matteo's to-do lists, the house we're building's to-do list," the WWE Hall of Fame inductee added. "All the to-do lists are going in my head so that just causes a little bit of tension in a relationship."

But, since returning to therapy with Artem, Nikki noted that they're "doing great" as a couple. "We're in a really in a good spot. We were doing a little rocky for a bit," Nikki concluded. "Now we're stronger than ever."

Relieve their road to romance below! 

Funny Family Photos

"Our attempt for a family photo," Nikki captioned this hilarious pic. "Matteo does not like the phone at all!"

Tour Surprise

Nikki and Matteo surprised Artem (aka Dada) during a stop on the 2022 DWTS Live Tour in March.

Happy New Year

Artem and Nikki rang in 2022 with family, friends and champagne.

Happy Holidays

"Matteo didn't dig Santa this year but I think next year he will," Nikki captioned a 2021 Christmas Day post. "He did love the train he brought him!"

Friday Fun Day

The family of three hit the golf course for a fun Friday outing in November 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving

"Happy Thanksgiving from Chigvintsev's family," Artem captioned this Instagram pic in honor of Turkey Day.

Vote For Artem!

Nikki encouraged the Bella Army to vote for Artem and his DWTS partner, Melora Hardin, with the adorable pic.


Nikki stopped by the set of Dancing With the Stars season 30 to wish her man good luck.

Emmys Date Night

Though Artem didn't take home an award, the couple enjoyed their date night at the 2021 Emmys.

Chilling At The Lake

The pair spent quality family time together during a trip to Lake Tahoe in August 2021.

Matteo Turns 1

"Happy first birthday Matteo," Artem captioned this sweet Instagram post in July 2021. "Mama and Dada loves you so so much."

Nomination Celebration

The couple cracked open a bottle of wine in celebration of Artem's 2021 Emmys nomination for Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming.

Happy Place

Sharing a sweet photo with his fiancée, Artem captioned this Instagram post, "my happy place."

Be My Valentine

Nikki and Artem celebrated Valentine's Day 2021 with a romantic dinner date, complete with delicious food and lots of bubbly.

Cuddled Up Selfie

Nikki captioned this photo series, "How my sweat sessions are after @coachscottthom kicks my ass lol I need the full body love!!"

Post-Workout Hug

Nikki nestled up in Artem's arms after an intense work out.

Happy Artem

Artem beamed as his fiancée continued to cuddle him.

Love Birds

Nikki and Artem look so in love from this April 2021 snap.

Nothing But Laughter

Nikki concluded this photo series with a sweet smiling snap of herself and Artem.

Merry Christmas

Artem shared this sentimental snapshot on Christmas Day 2020.

California Cuties

ICYMI, Nikki and Artem moved from Phoenix to Napa Valley! The couple made the decision after Brie and Bryan shared their own plans to relocate there.

Home Is Wherever I'm With You

"mi casa," Nikki wrote alongside this sweet selfie.




Hashtag Parenting

As Artem put it: "Mama and Dada's time while Teo is napping #parenting."


A Bella Birthday

Artem shared this pic on Nikki's birthday. "I want to wish the happiest birthday to my beautiful and definitely better other half," he captioned the post. 'you are my rock, you have been absolutely incredible as a mom to Matteo and I am so lucky to have you. I want to wish you lots of success, love and happiness and everything you wish for yourself. I love you and miss you and can't wait to see you to celebrate."


Family of Champions

Yes, that's the Mirrorball trophy that Artem's holding! He and Kaitlyn Bristowe won season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.

Poppin' Bottles

Champagne time.

Together Forever

Nikki and her "4 lifer," as she put it in the caption of this October snap.


Seriously, could they get any cuter?


Let happy hour for the hardworking couple commence!

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