Nikki Bella is delaying her wedding to Artem Chigvintsev until 'late 2022' so his parents can come


They’ve been engaged since 2019 and have been forced to postpone their nuptials several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Nikki Bella recently revealed that a ‘promise’ she made to her soon-to-be husband Artem Chigvintsev, 39, has also contributed to their wedding’s delay.

‘The one promise I made Artem before we can plan is that his parents can attend. And with where the world’s at right now and trying to get two Russian parents into the country, it’s almost impossible,’ the 37-year-old reality star explained to ET.

A promise: Nikki Bella recently revealed that a 'promise' she made to her soon-to-be husband Artem Chigvintsev, 39, has contributed to their wedding's delay; Nikki pictured in May

A promise: Nikki Bella recently revealed that a ‘promise’ she made to her soon-to-be husband Artem Chigvintsev, 39, has contributed to their wedding’s delay; Nikki pictured in May

Though Artem is an American citizen, the dancer’s parents are based in Russia 

She continued: ‘So, the day I can get two visas is the day we will set our date and say, ‘I do.”‘ 

Nikki, who shares a one-year-old son Matteo with Artem, now has her sights on a late 2022 wedding, as she wants it to line up with Thanksgiving in November. 

‘I think last year I said Thanksgiving, right? And I want to say next Thanksgiving. I can’t believe it’s been a year, but I really do want to get married.

‘I mean, selfishly, I just want to have that, like, one big day about me. I can’t wait for that and to wear that dress, but I do want to marry Artem.’ 

Sweet: 'The one promise I made Artem before we can plan is that his parents can attend. And with where the world's at right now and trying to get two Russian parents into the country, it's almost impossible,' the 37-year-old reality star explained to ET; Nikki and Artem pictured in 2019

Sweet: ‘The one promise I made Artem before we can plan is that his parents can attend. And with where the world’s at right now and trying to get two Russian parents into the country, it’s almost impossible,’ the 37-year-old reality star explained to ET; Nikki and Artem pictured in 2019

Two weeks ago on The Bellas Podcast, Nikki revealed that she and her fiancé had recently started therapy after being separated for weeks by work.

She was updating her twin sister Brie Bella about a ‘rough patch’ she and Artem endured as he’s been away performing on Dancing With The Stars while she has taken on a new role as a judge for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.

‘This is the longest we haven’t seen each other,’ said Nikki.

Professional help: Nikki Bella, 37, told twin sister Brie Bella on The Bellas Podcast that she and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, 39, went 'back into therapy' after hitting a 'rough patch'

Professional help: Nikki Bella, 37, told twin sister Brie Bella on The Bellas Podcast that she and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, 39, went ‘back into therapy’ after hitting a ‘rough patch’

She said the lovebirds had been apart for more than six weeks, as Artem is in Los Angeles to film DWTS, while she has been spending time Atlanta for AGT: Extreme.

The WWE star brought along Matteo with her, as he’s more ‘comfortable’ with his mother.

‘Teo goes everywhere with mama,’ she explained. ‘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,’ she continued. ‘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?” 

On her own: Nikki said she brought along one-year-old Matteo while she filmed America's Got Talent: Extreme in Atlanta, but she felt Artem was contributing enough to their marriage

On her own: Nikki said she brought along one-year-old Matteo while she filmed America’s Got Talent: Extreme in Atlanta, but she felt Artem was contributing enough to their marriage

Her needs: '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?"' she said

Her needs: ‘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?” she said

Nikki worried that Artem felt as if he’d done enough just by checking in with her on the phone. 

‘Sometimes I feel like the other person, mainly the dads, they get into this [belief that] 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,’ she complained.

She admitted the separation has been difficult for her fiancé too, even as she has been craving more support.

‘It’s been hard on [Artem] and it’s been hard on me too, to not have my man in my bed,’ she added.

Brie added that she hadn’t even seen the dancer since the start of the pandemic.

Not enough: 'Sometimes I feel like the other person, mainly the dads, they get into this [belief that] they FaceTimed and that's great, and they get on the phone and that's where it ends for them,' Nikki continued

Not enough: ‘Sometimes I feel like the other person, mainly the dads, they get into this [belief that] they FaceTimed and that’s great, and they get on the phone and that’s where it ends for them,’ Nikki continued

Getting help: 'We were doing a little rocky for a bit,' she said, before vowing to bring Artem on to talk about how they had gotten back into therapy. 'Now we're stronger than ever,' she said; Artem seen with Nikki and Brie (R) in 2019

Getting help: ‘We were doing a little rocky for a bit,’ she said, before vowing to bring Artem on to talk about how they had gotten back into therapy. ‘Now we’re stronger than ever,’ she said; Artem seen with Nikki and Brie (R) in 2019

Nikki said the two had gotten back into a ‘good spot’ thanks to some ‘sexy FaceTimes’ and professional help.

‘We were doing a little rocky for a bit,’ she said, before vowing to bring Artem on for a future episode to talk about how they had gotten back into therapy.

‘Now we’re stronger than ever,’ she said.

She attributed their rough patch to their different cultural backgrounds, as her fiancé was born in the former Soviet Union.

Last month, Nikki told Us Weekly that she wasn’t in a hurry to expand her family any further.

‘I want this time with just my son. … I just don’t want to have another baby interfere with that right now because I go over to [Brie’s] household and I’m like, ‘This is a lot. Boy, does two change it,” she said.

On solid ground: 'Now we're stronger than ever,' she said, crediting some 'sexy FaceTimes' with reviving the relationship

On solid ground: ‘Now we’re stronger than ever,’ she said, crediting some ‘sexy FaceTimes’ with reviving the relationship

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