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Artem Chigvintsev set to return to DWTS live tour after month long battle with pneumonia


Artem Chigvintsev set to return to Dancing With The Stars live tour after month long battle with pneumonia


Artem Chigvintsev is ready to rumba again after battling pneumonia.

The 39-year-old revealed his diagnosis earlier this month, but according to a report by Page Six on Tuesday, he has been given the all-clear to return to the stage.  

Chigvintsev announced he was taking a break from the show back in January because of ‘unexpected health issues.’  

Back on tour: Artem Chigvintsev is putting his dancing shoes back on after a battle with pneumonia that lasted a month, Page Six reported (pictured 2019)

Back on tour: Artem Chigvintsev is putting his dancing shoes back on after a battle with pneumonia that lasted a month, Page Six reported (pictured 2019)

‘My goal is to recover as quickly as possible so I can rejoin my cast and crew on this incredible tour,’ he said at the time. 

While a representative for the show confirmed he would soon return, Chigvintsev himself hasn’t confirmed the news yet. 

The show veteran last gave fans an update on his condition earlier this month. 

Forced to take a break: Chigvintsev announced he was taking a break from the show back in January because of 'unexpected health issues' (pictured with Kaitlyn Bristowe)

Forced to take a break: Chigvintsev announced he was taking a break from the show back in January because of ‘unexpected health issues’ (pictured with Kaitlyn Bristowe)

Staying quiet on the subject: While a representative for the show confirmed he would soon return, Chigvintsev himself hasn't confirmed the news yet (pictured with Melora Hardin)

Staying quiet on the subject: While a representative for the show confirmed he would soon return, Chigvintsev himself hasn’t confirmed the news yet (pictured with Melora Hardin)

Artem, who welcomed his first son into the world with fiancé Nikki Bella in 2020, was optimistic that another round of antibiotics would help finally curb his on-going illness. 

‘Hi everyone, just wanted to give you a little update on my wellbeing,’ he said. ‘So, I had another x-ray done yesterday, and it came back still positive for pneumonia, so I just got another set of antibiotics.’ 

He added: ‘Hopefully, this one will do the magic, will do the trick, to kick out the pneumonia out of my lungs. So that’s where I’m at. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.’

The Russian dancer first starred on the show during season 19 in 2014. He’s been a mainstay on the program since.   

Show mainstay: The Russian dancer first starred on the show during season 19 in 2014. He's been a part of the program since (pictured with Kaitlyn Bristowe)

Show mainstay: The Russian dancer first starred on the show during season 19 in 2014. He’s been a part of the program since (pictured with Kaitlyn Bristowe)

Grueling schedule: The DWTS Live 2022 tour takes the troupe to the South and Midwest United States through March 8, with some scattered days off

Grueling schedule: The DWTS Live 2022 tour takes the troupe to the South and Midwest United States through March 8, with some scattered days off

The DWTS Live 2022 tour takes the troupe to the South and Midwest United States through March 8, with some scattered days off.  

The group of professional dancers starring in the latest touring incarnation include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart and Sofia Ghavami.

Fans will get to such time-honored dances like the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango, and everything in between, according to dwtstour.com.

Artem and fiancee Nikki Bella have an item since January 2019 after being paired up as partners for season 25 of DWTS that aired on Sept. 18, 2017 through Nov. 21, 2017. 

They welcomed son Matteo on July 31, 2020, and have held off on wedding planning until they can safely bring their families together amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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