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Strictly star Artem Chigvintsev welcomes first child - see adorable photo

Congratulations to the professional dancer!

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Strictly Come Dancing star Artem Chigvintsev has welcomed his first child with fiancée Nikki Bella. On Sunday, the couple announced that their little boy had arrived on 31 July – however, they are yet to confirm the name.

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"7/31/2020 please welcome our precious baby boy Chigvintsev, proud of my love @thenikkibella," the proud dad wrote alongside the first photo, which showed his and Nikki's hands holding their tot's tiny fingers.

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Meanwhile, the new mum gushed: "7/31/2020. Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy."

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Lisa Riley was one of the first in the Strictly family to congratulate the couple, writing: "So so much love and happiness to you all, could not be happier... make sure he can dance." Pro dancer Gleb Savchenko remarked: "Congrats Artemchik!!! Artemchik so so happy for you." Luba Mushtuk added: "Congratulations."

artem chigvintsev nikki bella baby© Photo: Instagram

Artem Chigvintsev shared this photo of his little boy

Artem recently shared his excitement over becoming a dad when the pair revealed they were expecting a baby boy in the season finale of Total Bellas. They hosted a fiesta-themed baby shower in honour of the former wrestler's Mexican heritage. Ahead of the show, Artem teased: "Finally today is the day we don't have to keep a secret about gender of our baby.

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"Nicole and I are so excited to share this with all of you! Nicole, I love you so so much and how much I appreciate you for going through with this pregnancy, I know it could be challenging at times, you'll make the best mum ever." Following the gender reveal, the professional dancer confirmed on Instagram: "It's a boy."

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This is Artem and Nikki's first child

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

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