Nikki Bella and John Cena were together for six years, and their breakup announcement in April 2018 was unexpected because they were supposed to get married in less than a month. For months, fans have hoped for a reconciliation, but that hasn’t happened, and now, they are both moving on and exploring new relationships.
Cena has found himself a woman who is smart, talented and hard-working, and the pair are reported to have been spending a lot of time together, enjoying several dates after first being spotted on a date in Vancouver, where he is currently filming a new project. Bella, on the other hand, is dating someone more famous, and many people will recognize him because he and Bella have known each other since 2017. Although their initial meeting was professional, they developed a friendship, and Cena was not concerned about this man because he even spoke about how he was probably going to be the person to choreograph his wedding dance. Of course, that didn’t happen, but it’s good news for Bella, because the saying that all good relationships start off as friendship is true for a reason.
Below are all the things to know about John Cena and Nikki Bella’s new significant others.
20 John Cena Has Been Linked To Engineer Shay Shariatzadeh
John Cena made headlines when he was spotted enjoying his time with a "mystery" woman, but that woman turned out to be Shay Shariatzadeh. So, who is Shay? According to Daily Mail, she is an engineer (so she’s one smart cookie) and works for the company, Avigilon.
The media has also been doing some digging into her background, including accessing her profile, and according to the publication, this is what she has to say about her work: “I love technology and people! I excel at building rapport with customers, determining market needs and translating those into engineering requirements so we can build successful products that people love.”
To sum it all up: she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and she’s a people person.
19 Shay Is Inspired By Her Mom Because Of Her Strength And Hard Work
Fans of John Cena are interested to know more about Shay Shariatzadeh, especially because she’s not a celebrity and information about her is not readily available. What we do know about her is that she is close to her family, and she is inspired by strong, hard-working women, namely her own mother.
According to People, Shariatzadeh has said this about her mom, who works as a surgeon, “The strongest and most hard working woman I know is my mother. The biggest lesson she taught me was to be independent and fight for the things I want in life.”
18 She Lives In Canada (And The Pair Have Been Spotted On A Date In Vancouver)
John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh may have a long-distance relationship because Daily Mail notes that she lives in Canada. In fact, she and Cena were first spotted together while enjoying a date in Vancouver — he is currently in the city filming a new project, Playing With Fire, TMZ reports.
Speaking of their first date, TMZ reported that the pair appeared to be having a “great time together,” as they walked the streets arm-in-arm. They are also said to have enjoyed a four-hour dinner date, and then they took a stroll around the city afterward, which all sounds romantic.
17 She’s Also Been Hanging Out Stateside With John (And Nikki Is Happy That Her Ex Is Moving On)
The romance between John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh has already crossed borders, and blogger Nina Safai told Life & Style (via CheatSheet) that the new couple has been “out in the public multiple times.”
Safai told the publication one of the couple's meetings was at Thierry dessert shop, which she noted “seemed like their first or second date.” In April of 2019, E! News also reported that the pair had been seen enjoying a date at Tower23 Hotel's restaurant in San Diego.
It’s too early to know for sure if things are serious, but we do know how Cena’s ex, Nikki Bella, feels about his new relationship. On The Bellas Podcast (via E! News) she said, "When I saw the headline...my stomach went into knots," but she also said that after seeing the photos she didn’t feel bad about it, rather she was "happy for him."
16 But Nikki Is Getting Cosy With 'Dancing with the Stars' Pro, Artem Chigvintsev
Perhaps one of the reasons why Nikki Bella is not so concerned about her ex moving on is because she has also moved on, and she’s been spending a lot of time with Artem Chigvintsev. You may recognize that name, and that’s because Chigvintsev is well-known, thanks to his time on Dancing with the Stars.
Chigvintsev is a professional dancer, and when Nikki was still engaged to John Cena she was paired up with him for a stint on the show, way back in 2017. The partnership at the time was strictly professional, although they did later develop a friendship.
15 They’ve Known Each Other Since 2017 (But Were Just Friends)
As mentioned above, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev have known each other since 2017, when they were paired up on Dancing with the Stars Season 25. She was eliminated before the end of the show, but admitted to enjoying the experience.
“Artem's choreography challenged me in such amazing ways," Nikki said, E! News reports. "Everything that I can take from this amazing journey is incredible, about coming out of your comfort zone and being uncomfortable and knowing that it's OK, and having fun even though it's really hard work.”
The pair have obviously since realized that their friendship could be something more.
14 The Romance Is Now Social Media Official And They Aren’t Holding Back On The PDA
Nikki Bella has spoken about Artem Chigvintsev publicly and she has also shared a photo of him on social media (so the romance is social media official). The photo she chose to share shows the two of them looking very happy. She is not holding back on showing affection, as displayed by this photo but also the paparazzi shots of the pair.
According to TMZ, on a date in March, the couple were photographed having lunch at Joan's on Third in Los Angeles, where they held hands, strolled arm-in-arm, and did not hold back on the PDA.
13 Nikki Is Not Ready To Call Artem Her ‘Boyfriend,’ But They Are Dating
Despite Nikki Bella appearing to be very comfortable in Artem Chigvintsev’s presence, and not being worried about who sees them getting cozy, she is reluctant to put a label on their relationship. In fact, she’s gone to great lengths to convince people not to refer to Chigvintsev as her "boyfriend."
On The Bellas Podcast (via E! News), Nikki was speaking about her new man with her sister, Brie Bella. "We're dating, but then everywhere it says like, 'Nikki Bella and boyfriend Artem,'" she said. "And I'm like, boyfriend? Like, why are there labels? Why are they doing that? And I feel like for women in my situation who date and have fun when we want to get our Carrie and Samantha on and showcase it on our platforms, people automatically assume that we're official."
12 On An Awkward Note, Artem Was Going To Teach John His Wedding Dance (If He’d Married Nikki Bella)
As previously mentioned, Artem Chigvintsev is a professional dancer, and he’s got some serious moves. After he and Nikki Bella met on Dancing with the Stars, they became friends, and John Cena was clearly not worried about their friendship because he told E! News at the time that Chigvintsev was going to help him choreograph his wedding dance — for his wedding to Nikki!
“As far as dancing, I think he’s probably gonna teach me my first dance,” Cena said, adding, “So, hopefully, I’ll be able to take those tips from him there.” The situation is a little awkward now that the man Cena thought would be teaching him how to dance for his wedding is now dating his former fiancé.
11 Nikki’s New Man Has Won Over Her Twin, Brie Bella, In A Big Way
Nikki Bella and John Cena were together for six years, and their breakup announcement in April 2018 was unexpected because they were meant to get married in less than a month. Considering the amount of time that they were together, and that they were so close to getting married, it’s completely normal for Nikki’s twin, Brie Bella, to also need some time to adjust to a new man in her sister’s life. But once she gave Artem Chigvintsev a chance, he won her over.
“I was Team John for so long because, you know, he was my brother,” Brie told Us Weekly. “If [he and Nikki] get back together, I’d love it. So I’d never give Artem the time of day because I was like, ‘No, they’re getting back together, so I don’t care about you.’ But now...now I’ve finally given Artem a chance, and he’s super sweet.”
10 Artem Is A Big Foodie (And A Great Cook) And Loves Discovering New Places
Artem Chigvintsev is a man of many talents and interests, and among those interests is cooking. He is clearly a big foodie (this photo is all the proof we need) and he has mentioned that one of his favorite things to do is discover new places. When sharing this picture on his social media, he accompanied it with his thoughts, writing, “Best part of touring is discovering new places that you fall in love with.”
Nikki Bella has also mentioned his skills in the kitchen on The Bellas Podcast (via E! News). "By the way you guys, he's an amazing cook…" she said.
9 He Also Has A Bit Of An Adventurous Spirit
Nikki Bella is willing to speak about her new man to the media, and she told Us Weekly, “He’s like the sweetest man you’ll ever meet.” She also told the publication that her sister “absolutely adores him,” and really, her comments make it sound like her twin is not the only one who enjoys having Artem Chigvintsev in her life.
In addition to being the sweetest man, Chigvintsev also appears to have a bit of an adventurous side to him, and he has seen some beautiful places. He accompanied this photo with a caption, writing, “Moments like this you will remember forever, blessed [and] love my job.”
8 Apparently, They Spend All Their Time Together (Despite Nikki Not Wanting To Label Their Relationship)
On The Bellas Podcast (via E! News) Nikki Bella gave quite a few details about Artem Chigvintsev, and her sister, Brie Bella, commented on how they spend all their time together, to which Nikki responded, "But that doesn't mean anything."
She is referring to not wanting to make the status of her relationship sound so official by calling Chigvintsev her boyfriend, but she did admit in an interview with Us Weekly that she spends a lot of time at his house. She later added, “But I don’t like the titles ‘boyfriend and girlfriend.’ It freaks me out.”
7 Nikki May Be Taking Things Slow, But She’s Let Slip That She Has Feelings
Nikki Bella’s comments on her relationship make it sound as though she is happy, and she is with a great guy, but she also wants to take things slow. It’s for this reason that she is reluctant to refer to Artem Chigvintsev by any title or label their relationship. But despite her protests against this, she has sort of let slip that she cares about him.
In an interview with Us Weekly, she was asked how she would feel if she was to see him with another woman. “I think I would have to see it to feel it,” she responded, adding, “I probably would actually be bothered…”
6 He Has Appeared On Her TV Show (And He’s Pretty Happy About That)
When you want details about a relationship, then a reality TV show is usually the best way to find out everything, and Artem Chigvintsev has appeared on Nikki Bella’s show, Total Bellas. According to Hollywood Life, on the season finale of the show, Nikki addressed her relationship, saying, “I just feel like this free spirit. Truly like a butterfly out of her cage. I don’t know. I have this new level of excitement. I’m just having a lot of fun…”
She then went on to hint that she never thought she would have “had a lot in common” with someone from Russia (and this is Chigvintsev’s home country). The show then showed the new couple hugging.
Chigvintsev also took to social media to admit he was on the show and seemed pleased by that. “Two steppin my way right onto another tv show,” he wrote.
5 They Have A Lot Of Fun Together And Let Their Goofy Sides Come Out
Everyone has different wants and expectations when it comes to a relationship, but one of the most common qualities that people search for in a significant other is someone who makes them laugh and with whom they can have fun. It seems like Nikki Bella has found this with Artem Chigvintsev.
On one of their dates, an insider told E! News that they "seemed happy and into each other," but they also appeared to be very comfortable in each other’s presence. "She made goofy faces at him and used her fork to tap his nose playfully," they said.
4 Artem Has A Thing For Bikes (Nikki Likes To Ride On The Back Of His Motorcycle)
When speaking of Artem Chigvintsev on the season finale of Total Bellas (via Hollywood Life), Nikki Bella stated: “I’m ready to really explore new things and people and just really see what certain chemistries are all about.” But Bella is not Chigvintsev's only interest because the cameras showed the couple riding off on his Ducati motorcycle, and he is a big motorcycle enthusiast.
His social media account shows several photos of him with his bike, which he has claimed is Venom-inspired. Venom is the 2018 movie starring Tom Hardy which follows the story of a journalist who is bonded to an alien, Venom.
3 Nikki Is Enjoying Being Shown Around Town But Dislikes The Paparazzi Attention
When you are a celebrity, you have fame and the adoration of many people, and Nikki Bella has experienced this because she’s at the top of her game. But a downside to being a star is the attention that comes with it, especially when it involves people wanting to know all about a new relationship that's still fragile.
As soon as Bella and Artem Chigvintsev were spotted together, media outlets started reporting on the relationship and the paparazzi tried their best to get their hands on photos of them. They succeeded, but the attention has bothered Bella. "I would be lying to say that it doesn't fully bother me because it does," she said on an episode of The Bellas Podcast (via E! News).
2 Artem Is Also Fit And Can Be Seen Hiking In His Spare Time
Being a professional dancer takes commitment and discipline, and hours upon hours of practice, so, of course, Artem Chigvintsev is fit — he even told Just Jared he broke a Guinness World Record for "most Botafogo steps in 30 seconds." But when he’s not dancing and competing, he likes to get his exercise by hiking.
He has shared one of his hiking experiences on social media, posting a photo of himself in Phoenix. “Hiking in Phoenix is a whole different level of hiking,” he wrote. He has also previously spoken about his love of being in the open air, telling Just Jared, “I’m a huge fan of the outdoors.”
1 Nikki And Artem Are In A 'Great Place' Right Now
No one knows if John Cena and Nikki Bella have found the people they are meant to end up with, but we do know that Bella is having fun with Artem Chigvintsev. She may want to take it slow, but she has also let it slip that she has feelings for him. Although she is not ready to put a label on what they have yet, she has told People, “We’re dating and we’re having fun.”
And perhaps her most telling comment of all was when she told the publication, “It’s been great. I adore him.”
Sources: TMZ, People, E! News, Us Weekly, Just Jared