Ever since retired WWE Superstar turned businesswoman Nikki Bella, 35, revealed her relationship with former Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev, 37, they've been super open about their love for one another. They show off their love on social media and gush about each other in interviews (whether they're together or not). With Artem confirmed to be on the newest season of Total Bellas that's premiering in February of 2020, it appears that we'll be seeing more of the couple in the future, too.
But you may not have suspected this from what Nikki revealed about their first date. In a recent interview, the former wrestler admitted that she ran from Artem while they were on their first date ever. While that may sound ridiculous, her reasons for doing so are fairly understandable.
"Our first date was at the farmer’s market in Studio City, and I had no idea that it was filled with paparazzi," Nikki began. "So Artem and I are, like, looking at vegetables — and I honestly think he was picking up tomatoes — and I see a paparazzi in this corner, and one in the other corner and I just freaked. I walked away from him, all the way to my car. And poor Artem, all of a sudden I get a text like, 'Uhh, where did you go?' I didn’t even say anything."
On the other end of it, poor Artem had no clue as to why Nikki suddenly upped and left during their first date.
"I’m [with] a basket of vegetables, just standing there, thinking, 'Did she [go] somewhere? What happened?' And I’m seeing, like, a shadow crossing the road and almost running. So I’m like, 'Did I do something wrong?'" he recalled.
So it appears that Nikki was just trying to keep their then-budding romance on the down-low since paparazzi are notorious for blowing anything and everything out of proportion. Although it seems like they were able to work past this little incident. The couple have now been in a relationship since July of this year, after months of dating with "no labels". You know what they say- all's well that ends well!