Priyanka Chopra REVEALS why she opted for surrogacy: ‘I had medical complications’

Popular actress Priyanka Chopra recently opened up about welcoming her daughter Malti Marie through surrogacy, and the struggles she faced. Here's what the actress said...

Written by Akhila Menon , Journalist
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 | 06:11 AM IST | 816.8K
Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas welcomed their first child, daughter Malti Marie through surrogacy in January 2022.

Priyanka Chopra, the celebrated actress is currently enjoying her new role as a mother. The popular star and her husband, renowned actor-singer Nick Jonas welcomed their first child, daughter Malti Marie through surrogacy in January 2022. The global icon has been setting an example by handling both her personal life and acting career together like a boss. She is also active as an entrepreneur, with her New York-based Indian restaurant Sona and haircare brand Anomaly. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Vogue, Priyanka Chopra revealed why she opted for surrogacy.

Priyanka Chopra about welcoming Malti Marie through surrogacy

In her interaction with Vogue, Priyanka Chopra revealed why she and her husband Nick Jonas decided to opt for surrogacy, to welcome their baby daughter. "I had medical complications," revealed the celebrated actress, who prefers to keep the circumstances that led to their decisions, strictly private. "This was a necessary step. And, I’m so grateful that I was in a position where I could do this," added Priyanka Chopra. The Matrix Resurrections actress also opened up about her surrogate, in her interview with Vogue. "Our surrogate was so generous. She is kind, lovely, and funny, and took care of this precious gift for us for six months," she said. 

"You don’t know me. You don’t know what I’ve been through. And just because I don’t want to make my medical history, or my daughter’s, the public doesn’t give you the right to make up whatever the reasons were," said Priyanka Chopra as she revealed why she doesn't want to discuss her surrogacy journey.


Priyanka Chopra reacts to surrogacy controversies

In her chat with Vogue, Priyanka Chopra also reacted to the controversies regarding her surrogacy. The actress, who revealed that she is not concerned about what people think of her, however, added that she can't handle it when the public targets her little daughter. "I’ve developed a tough hide when people talk about me. But it is so painful when they talk about my daughter. I’m like, ‘Keep her out of it.’ I know what it felt like to hold her little hands when they were trying to find her veins. So no, she’s not going to be the gossip," said Priyanka. "I have been really protective of this chapter of my life with my daughter. Because it’s not about my life only. It’s hers too," she added.

For the unversed, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were brutally attacked by the netizens and even many famous personalities, for opting for surrogacy. The new mother was accused of 'outsourcing' her pregnancy and even 'renting' a womb and opting for a 'ready-made' baby. A popular writer even questioned Priyanka Chopra's intentions behind opting for surrogacy, and implied that the actress might not have the same maternal attachment to her daughter. 

Priyanka Chopra on Malti Marie's health condition

In her interview with Vogue, Priyanka Chopra also opened up about Malti Marie's health condition, and the difficulties she went through as a newborn. The actress revealed that her daughter was born a premature baby and that too a full trimester before the due date. "I was in the operating room when she was born. She was so small, smaller than my hand. I saw what the nurses in the intensive-care unit do. They do God’s work. Nick and I were both standing there as they intubated her. I don’t know how they even found what they needed in her tiny body to intubate her," recalled the actress.  

According to Priyanka Chopra, both she and Nick had to visit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children's Hospital in La Jolla, Los Angeles daily for the next three months. Malti Marie was born amidst the Omicron wave that hit the US in 2022, and that made things tougher for the couple. "We spent every single day with her on my chest, on my husband’s chest. I didn’t know if she would make it or not," said the actress.


Priyanka Chopra's work front

The global icon is totally busy in her acting career, with some promising projects both in Hollywood and Bollywood. She will be next seen in the upcoming romantic comedy Love Again. The project features Priyanka Chopra, alongside Sam Heughan and Céline Dion. She is playing the role of Mira Ray, an Indian woman who finds love after losing her fiance. The actress also plays a key role in Citadel, the upcoming spy thriller series which is helmed by Russo Brothers. She is playing an Indian spy opposite Richard Madden, in the much-awaited series.

When it comes to Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra is set to make a massive comeback with the upcoming women-centric road movie, Jee Le Zaraa. The much-awaited project, which is helmed by Farhan Akhtar, is touted to be a spiritual sequel to the 2011-released acclaimed film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The film will mark Priyanka's first onscreen collaboration with the celebrated actresses Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif. Jee Le Zaraa is expected to go on floors by mid-2023. 

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