“I had my moment with that dress when I saw it,” the 39-year-old TV personality said. “It was something I had dreamed of.”
Bella — whose real name is Stephanie Nicole Chigvintsev — admitted the dress gave her such a sense of “empowerment” that she wanted to hold onto it, even after she and Cena called off their engagement in 2018.
“I went back and forth with that decision,” she said. “for me it is [reflects] How am I standing as a strong woman, I was like wait, why shouldn’t I wear what I love? because of my past? It didn’t make sense to me.
Although her twin sister and fellow WWE wrestler Brie Bella didn’t agree with her decision to keep the wedding dress, Bella explained that her husband was surprisingly “cool about it.”
“She just sees it as a physical thing,” he said. “He probably wanted me to save money but then I didn’t realize that I bought some more clothes afterwards.”
Chigvintsev said, “I didn’t think it would be such a big deal for people to know how to react. I think [if there’s] There is a problem with this, they are bringing some more energy to our happiness.
Nikki Bella, 40, and Artem Chigvintsev first met in 2017 as dancing partners for season 25. dancing with the Stars, while Bella was still engaged to Cena. Now the husband and wife got engaged in November 2019 and later welcomed their son, Matteo, in July 2020.
For her Paris nuptials, Bella wore a total of four different dresses on her wedding day. The couple’s wedding and events leading up to the big day will be featured in a four-part E! Chain, nikki bella says i doWhich will premiere on 26 January.
Meanwhile, Bella and Cena started dating in 2012 before getting engaged in 2017. The couple called it quits in April 2018.
Nikki Bella recently opened up about this her “painful” breakup with Cena admitting that he was unsure about his future with the star wrestler.
“You almost wish it was bad, because it is so easy to walk away. When love is there it is so hard to walk away,” she said entertainment tonight last July. “I think a lot of women get into this position when it’s like, ‘I love this person, but I don’t know if this is right for my life,’ and it’s a difficult thing. Sometimes we meet wonderful people, but we’re just made to live a different life. I just felt this feeling so deep inside of me, like, ‘I need to go away.’ And no one thought I would do this, but it was hitting me hard. Even though it’s painful and even painful, I knew it was right.