"It's been great, I adore him," Nikki Bella told PEOPLE


Nikki Bella just learned what it means to be “Instagram official” with someone.

The former WWE star posted a photo confirming her new romance with Dancing With the Stars Artem Chigvintsev last week, but she told PEOPLE at Friday’s WrestleMania 35 kickoff event that she was confused by what happened next.

After Bella posted the photo (a sweet selfie of her kissing her new man on the cheek) on March 24, several media outlets reported that Bella and Chigvintsev were officially dating, and the comments section under the post flooded with fans sending their congratulations and well-wishes to the new couple.

The Total Bellas star, 35, revealed she got quite a kick out of the reaction because she actually intended for the post to be casual.

“I posted a photo of us because we’re dating and we’re having fun,” Bella told PEOPLE. “Then everyone went (and said) we were official.”

She also joked that twin sister and former WWE Superstar Brie Bella took sympathy on her and was quick to explain the gravity of an Instagram picture in the year 2019. “Well, you posted a photo so that makes you official,” Brie said.

WWE Superstar and friend Nia Jax jokingly chimed in: “No, it’s official.”

Still, Nikki insisted she’s “not fully taken.”

Whatever the official relationship status may be, Nikki said she and Chigvintsev are in a good place.

“It’s been great,” she said. “I adore him.”

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Fans caught a glimpse of Bella and Chigvintsev the season finale of her E! reality series, which showed the two riding off into the sunset on a motorcycle. The action-packed episode also featured Nikki announcing that she will join Brie in retirement from the WWE.

Although the Bellas have decided not to return to E!’s Total Divas, they will continue filming Total Bella’s, and fans can only hope for more scenes with Nikki and Chigvintsev.

Nikki’s romance with Chigvintsev is her first since her very public breakup with former WWE Superstar John Cena.

The stars got engaged on live television during a Wrestlemania match in April 2017, then called off the nuptials just weeks before their wedding date. Soon after, Bella tweeted out a statement addressing the end of their six-year relationship.

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“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” Nikki said in the post. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

The aftermath of the split and Nikki’s efforts to move on from her ex-fiancé played out on Total Bellas. Nikki previously revealed in an episode that seeing Cena with someone new “would kill her.”

Recently, Cena was spotted hand-in-hand with a mystery woman and the Bellas had a lot to say about it. Nikki and Brie revealed fans can expect to hear a full rundown — and plenty of opinions — about the situation on this week’s episode of their podcast, a project they say captures the “raw” and “unfiltered” Bella Twins.

“The (episode) that’s coming out this week is like mind-blowing,” Nikki told PEOPLE on Friday.

“Brie and I, we feel like we’ve always kind of been edited. (The podcast) is a legit happy hour with the Bellas. Like what we talk about when we go have wine,” she teased.