‘Total Bellas’ Season 5 Episode 4 promo sees Nikki's mom try to exclude her fiancé Artem from family photo
“I question sometimes if Nicole’s really taken her relationship seriously. That’s the reason I’m more cautious with Artem,” matriarch Kathy Colace says in the promo
Nikki Bella was not happy that her mom, Kathy Colace, wanted to take a family picture for her birthday, excluding her daughter's fiance, Artem Chigvintsev.
A sneak peek of the upcoming season 5 episode 4 of 'Total Bellas' to be aired on April 23, revealed that the matriarch wanted the clan to take one photo with Nikki's beau who was a dancer and one snap without him. The reason behind this, as stated by Kathy was the fact that she was not entirely sure that her daughter was serious about her relationship with Artem.
“I question sometimes if Nicole’s really taken her relationship seriously. That’s the reason I’m more cautious with Artem,” Kathy was seen saying in her confessional. “This is my birthday present. My family together in a family photo.”
At this, the former professional wrestler became concerned that Artem will end up feeling left out from the family. As a result, she took the decision that she will not be informing Artem of her mother's desire and instead, make Kathy do it. “I think his feelings would be so hurt,” Nikki explains to her mother. “But you’re talking to him. You’re doing that. I’m not.”
In her confessional, Nikki said that not being involved in the process of taking a family photo meant that at the end of the day, she will not have any part to play in making her fiance feel excluded. “It’s her family photo so I’m going to let her take full control,” Nikki says. “I don’t want to be a part of it. Whatever happens, it’s on her. She’ll deal with it. And she’ll feel bad.”
Later, Kathy confessed that she does “want him in it [the photo]” but at the same time added, “I just … I don’t know if I want him in a 20 by 40.” Nikki's reaction to this was to burst out laughing. She then asked her mother how she planned on displaying the photographs when Artem comes over to her house.
Nikki first met Artem when they were paired together on 'Dancing With the Stars.' No sparks flew between them at the time since she was famously engaged to fellow wrestler John Cena. However, Cena and Nikki called off their engagement in 2018.
In January 2019, news broke of Nikki dating Artem. She got engaged to the Russian native in November last year, during a vacation in France. The couple wasted no time in starting a family as Nikki and her twin sister, Brie Bella, announced their pregnancies less than two weeks apart in January.
“I can’t even begin to describe to all of you how happy I am!” Nikki captioned her Instagram reveal at the time. “I’m going to be a mom!! It’s something I have wanted to be my whole life. I was definitely shocked when I found out. And so nervous! I wasn’t expecting it and felt I wasn’t ready but this journey of life is unpredictable. I thank God every day and night for bringing this amazing blessing and miracle into my life.”
Also in a March episode of 'Total Bellas,' she opened up about the “passionate connection” she has with Artem, which was "constant fireworks 24/7."
“Everyone says, ‘You just have this lust thing. It’s not real, it’s gonna wear off, you’re gonna get sick of him.’ But I can’t wait to prove them wrong. You only hate it because you know it’s the real deal,” Nikki said at the time.