Artem Chigvintsev Is Returning to 'Dancing With the Stars' After Welcoming His First Child with Nikki Bella
The professional dancer and new dad, 38, confirmed on Good Morning America that he is officially returning to Dancing With the Stars for its 29th season. He said, "Last season, watching from the sidelines, really made me realize how much I really miss the show, miss performing live. I just can't wait to get back."
Fans have long-anticipated his return after he and fellow dancer, Sharna Burgess, suddenly got cut from the lineup for last year's season. But since then, his fiancée, Nikki Bella, has hinted that Chigvintsev would possibly make a comeback.
"People really missed his presence and he's just an incredible dancer and he's always an incredible partner too. He truly knows how to showcase the celebrity and he's an incredible choreographer," Bella said, noting their previous partnership during season 25. "I'm praying and hoping that he's back this season. Even for him, I just know how much he misses dancing and I know he would love to be back on the show."
Just weeks before the news was confirmed, the couple welcomed their first son and shared the exciting news on Instagram. Along with a sweet photo of their baby's hand, Chigvintsev wrote, "7/31/2020 please welcome our precious baby boy Chigvintsev [baby emoji] proud of my love @thenikkibella."
Bella also shared the same photo and added, "Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy."
During his appearance on Good Morning America, Chigvintsev noted that this season would be a special one because of his first child. He gushed, "I want to dedicate this season to my little boy."
Until season 29 returns, we'll be busy scrolling through Artem and Nikki's feeds for more cute baby photos.