Nikka Bella Speaks on Postpartum Depression and Artem Chigvintsev’s ‘DWTS’ Partner: ‘People Have Been Worried About Me’


Total Bellas star Nikki Bella is getting into the groove of motherhood after welcoming son Mateo in July with her fiancé, Dancing with the Stars pro Artem Chigvintsev. In recent episodes of her The Total Bellas podcast with twin sister, Brie Bella, the former WWE star opened up on several topics.

With her fiancé coupled with an attractive partner on Dancing With the Stars while she’s dealing with postpartum depression, Bella talked through some very personal challenges in her journey as a mother.

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Bella recently headed out to Los Angeles to join Chigvintsev while he competes on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars. Solo with her son since her fiancé’s departure in August, Bella described how the mounting challenges finally caught up with her.

“This past week, Brie and I, we were in Phoenix packing up our homes, filming Total Bellas,” Bella said on the Sept. 30 podcast, according to E! Online. “I had Matteo on my own; still had a whole house to pack up—I did have help on that, but you still have to do so much—filming on top of it, and I had a massive breakdown.”

Recently hiring someone to help her with childcare, Bella was feeling guilty for not doing everything herself.

“I was like wow, he’s gonna come home,” she said. “Do I need to do something to myself because he was just dancing with that and now he’s coming back to this?”

Bella decided to focus on her future husband’s joy of being back on the dance floor rather than hold herself under scrutiny.

“To see him perform… his smile could not get any bigger,” Bella shared. “You just felt his excitement and his love and his passion and more than anything, his happiness.”