Inside Kaitlyn Bristowe's Relationship With Nikki Bella

Kristen Bristowe was recently crowned the champ of the recent season of Dancing With the Stars with her pro-partner, Artem Chigvintsev, on Nov. 23, beating out rapper Nelly, Catfish host Nev Schulman, and One Day at a Time actress Justina Machado. The Bachelorette star then took to her Instagram to celebrate before the show's finale, shouting out her partner plus his fiancée, Nikki Bella, in the process. 


"Artem.. from wanting you as a partner 5 years ago, manifesting this, finally meeting you, an injured ankle hiccup, your brilliant choreography, a few 10's and A LOT of hard work. Thank you," Bristowe captioned the post before praising the Total Bellas star. "And thank you @thenikkibella for being an incredible partner and mama during this time. Not easy. And you did it all while being so supportive."

The move was definitely a generous one, considering Bella's struggle with being away from her beau so soon after giving birth to their son, Mateo in August. Even with the sweet gesture, however, the relationship between her and The Bachelorette star hasn't always been the easiest.

Nikki Bella admitted Kaitlyn Bristowe made her feel 'insecure'

It would difficult for any woman to have to sit back while her soon-to-be-husband trains with a hot ex-Bachelorette, as rumored affairs and close connections have definitely made their rounds in the press before between partners. 


Bella had additional challenges she faced, too, considering her new mom status. The WWE star confessed to feeling envious of Bristowe before while watching she and Artem dance on TV, revealing some of her emotional turmoil on The Bellas Podcast she shares with her sister, Brie Bella (via E! News). 

"I had a big mumu on with a boob hanging out with, like, leaking milk from my nipple. And I was like, 'Wow, he's gonna come home. Do I need to do something to myself because he was just dancing with that and now he's coming back to this?'" She continued, "To see him perform...his smile could not get any bigger. You just felt his excitement and his love and his passion and more than anything, his happiness."


Bella was also accused of taking DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba's side when she battled against Artem and Bristowe, but later clarified her remarks on the situation, claiming there was nothing but love there.

"I really love Kaitlyn," the WWE star said on her podcast. "Kaitlyn is an amazing person — let's take dancing aside — she's an awesome person... So it makes me feel bad if I came off in a different way 'cause I don't want that."