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Strictly star Artem Chigvintsev confirms exciting news after welcoming first child

The pro dancer is a new dad to a baby boy!

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Strictly Come Dancing star Artem Chigvintsev is on cloud nine as he is set to appear in the upcoming series of Dancing with the Stars. The announcement of his involvement was a welcome surprise as he was not included in last year's season.

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The exciting news comes almost a month after the professional dancer and his fiancée Nikki Bella welcomed their little boy into the world. The engaged couple became first-time parents on 31 July, and are yet to publically announce their son's name.

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Appearing on Monday's Good Morning America, new dad Artem gushed: "I just can't wait to get back… I want to dedicate this season to my little boy."

Of fatherhood, he explained: "It has been the most incredible feeling I just didn't know that I would have so much love to give. It's just incredible."

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However, Artem confessed that his baby son "literally owns us". He added: "He's been waking up every hour and a half and I really feel bad for Nicole because he's a really good eater, so he's been on it."

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Artem and Nikki Bella welcomed their son in July

Ahead of his child's arrival, Artem exclusively opened up to HELLO! about the prospect of becoming parents during lockdown. "It is a really crazy time," he said in April. "It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the new restrictions.

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"We usually go for pregnancy scans together but I couldn't go to the last one, because new rules meant that Nikki couldn't bring anyone to the hospital. Having a baby is a big deal, so we hope things get better for when the baby arrives."

Artem and Nikki, the former WWE wrestling star, live in Phoenix, Arizona. They got engaged in Paris in November 2019, two and a half weeks before they found out Nikki was pregnant with their first child.

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