Nikki Bella opens up about her connection with former Dancing with the Stars partner, Artem Chigvintsev

By Christina Dugan
January 24, 2019 05:25 PM

Is Nikki Bella ready for a relationship?

During an appearance on Access Live on Thursday, the Total Bellas star, 35, opened up about her love life — and whether she’s ready to settle down six months after her split from John Cena.

“I’m having a lot of fun in my dating life,” Bella says in the clip. “Not just Artem [Chigvintsev], I mean we had amazing chemistry. I’m just kind of having fun. I don’t want to say playing the field, but just kind of having different experiences.”

Earlier this month, sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Bella and her former Dancing with the Stars partner are dating.

“They’ve been spending time together for a long time, but it’s nothing serious right now,” another insider told PEOPLE of the couple, who danced together on season 25 of DWTS in 2017. “They have a strong attraction to each other, but they’re just having fun. They’re both extremely busy with their own careers, so they spend time together when they can.”

But Bella says she’s not seeking anything longterm at the moment.

“I’m not looking to be serious with anyone right now,” she says. “I’m just looking to have fun. I’m just in this position that I get to like go on these dates with a lot of amazing guys. I mean, not a lot, it’s only been a few.”

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“I moved to L.A., so it was natural,” she adds of her connection with Chigvinstev. “Artem had asked me to the farmers market so I was like, ‘Sure.’ And then paparazzi kind of killed it and I was like, “Ok I’m out of it.’

In July, Nikki confirmed that she and ex-fiancée Cena had parted ways for good in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.

“After I called off the engagement, we tried to work on our relationship to get back to where it was, and in order to move forward with our wedding. After much time and soul-searching alone and together, we have decided to officially part ways,” Bella said.

“I had a beautiful and loving 6-year relationship with a wonderful man,” she added. “I have the utmost respect for John, but I know this is what’s best for me.”

And the pair is still on good terms.

A couple weeks ago, Bella revealed that she still gives her ex-fiancé a heads up whenever she goes on a date with a new guy.

“I let him know everything,” she told PEOPLE Now. “He’s known every date I’ve been on.”

The reality star said she keeps Cena in the loop out of respect, explaining that she would never want him to hear details of her personal life from anyone but herself.

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“Anything I knew was coming out or anything that I’ve done I’ve let him know,” she said. “I don’t ever want him to be hurt by it or shocked by it. I know that is things that I don’t have to do, but it’s just who I am.”

Total Bellas airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!