Nikki Bella wore John Cena dress to marry Artem Chigvintsev

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She really struggled with this decision.

At her August 2022 wedding to Artem Chigvintsev in Paris, Nikki Bella made the unconventional choice of wearing a dress she had previously purchased while engaged to ex John Cena.

“I had that moment with that dress … when I saw it,” Nikki, 39, told Us Weekly ahead of her “Nikki Bella Says I Do” wedding special, which premiered Thursday.

The “Incomparable” writer said his look gave her a sense of “empowerment,” which is why she kept it even after splitting with longtime love Cena, 45, in 2018.

“I went back and forth with that decision,” the reality star admitted. “I was like wait, why shouldn’t I wear what I love? Because of my past? It just didn’t make sense to me.”

While sister Brie Bella didn’t have her back (or train, in this case) when it came to the decision, Nikki said her fiance, 40, was surprisingly “cool about it.”

“He sees it as a material thing. He probably wanted me to save money, but then he didn’t realize I bought a few other dresses after, the “Total Bellas” alum said.

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The reality star only chose her wedding dress half an hour before she got married.
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Added Chigvintsev, “I didn’t think it would be such a big deal for people to react the way I did … I think (if there’s) a problem with that, they’re bringing some other energy into our happiness.”

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The “Total Bellas” star’s husband didn’t have a problem with the dress.
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Nikki wore a total of four different outfits on her big day, one of which she chose just 30 minutes before saying “I do.” It’s unclear if the look she rocked was her “something old” from her time with Cena.

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


nikki bella and husband artem

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


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nikki bella and husband artem

The reality TV couple got engaged after less than a year together.


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The reality TV couple got engaged in November 2019, less than a year after they started dating.

They postponed wedding planning as they welcomed their son Matteo in 2020.

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Nikki was with her pro-wrestler boyfriend for six years.
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