There are some actresses who are widely beloved by fans and audiences everywhere. Women like Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston have all been viewed as some version of "America’s Sweetheart," and there’s no denying that there is a certain charm about them. On the other hand, there are other actors and celebrities who aren’t so cherished, and it’s kind of complicated to understand just why that is. Take, for instance, Priyanka Chopra.
The Indian actress who got her start in Bollywood has taken Hollywood by storm ever since she landed the lead role in the ABC drama, Quantico. Since then, Chopra has gone on to appear in quite a few other projects and has even married Nick Jonas — a fellow A-list star and once-teenage heartthrob of the Jonas Brothers.
Despite all her success and seemingly happy marriage, the Baywatch starlet doesn’t exactly have a thriving fan base. As it turns out, there are more than several weird things that everyone ignores about Priyanka Chopra. Read on to find out!
Priyanka Chopra is 10 years older than Nick Jonas
Listen, love is love. And really, age is just a number. That being said, there’s no way around the fact that when there is a significant age difference between couples, people tend to talk about it. The rumor mill seems to churn even more when the older party is a woman — as she’s suddenly deemed a cougar. While that’s certainly old-fashioned thinking, it hasn’t stopped Priyanka Chopra from receiving a lot of raised eyebrows from the masses.
Chopra, who was born in 1982, is married to Nick Jonas, who was born in 1992. Yep, that’s right, it means that Chopra is ten years older than her husband, and you best believe there are countless critics out there who have something to say. "People gave us a lot of s**t about that and still do," mused the actress to InStyle in 2019. "I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares." She’s not the only one bouncing back at her haters, either. Jonas penned a song for his wife in 2019 titled "I Believe," and with lyrics such as, "Call me crazy, People saying that we move too fast," it’s definitely a clapback to any critics of these two lovebirds.
While some may deem Jonas and Chopra’s age gap to be full-on awkward, being older doesn’t necessarily mean someone is more mature, and it looks like it suits these two celebs just fine.
Her wedding was super sponsored
There is no shortage of snark out there when it comes to celebrity weddings. The affairs are usually over-the-top, ridiculously expensive, and as is the case with many relationships in Hollywood, often lead to divorces. While only time will tell just how happy Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas truly are, there was quite a bit of buzz surrounding their wedding ceremony and the amount of branding that went into it.
As Vox reported in regards to Chopra and Jonas’ multi-day wedding, it was "very publicly documented on the two celebrities’ Instagrams and featured references to a number of prominent brands, from Amazon to Elit Vodka." Basically, it seemed extremely obvious that the pair got their wedding sponsored, which is pretty gauche for such a rich couple.
However, did the duo truly bank on all of that advertising? Perhaps not. According to Vanity Fair, Jonas "has a long-standing relationship with Elit vodka," while Chopra "only agreed to work with Amazon on her registry after they agreed to her philanthropic terms." As a spokesperson for Amazon further revealed to the mag, "[they] did not pay Chopra to sponsor her registry, agreeing to do so in exchange for donating $100,000 to UNICEF."
At the end of the day, both Chopra and Jonas appeared happy on their wedding day, and that’s what really counts, right?
She played down her relationship with Nick Jonas at first
While it’s not exactly surprising when celebrities ignore or downright deny rumors about their relationship status, there was something kind of strange about how Priyanka Chopra handled the questions that were thrown her way about her appearance with Nick Jonas at the Met Gala in 2017. While the two attended the event together, it looks like they weren’t quite ready to make their relationship official just yet.
So, what’s the goss? Well, when Chopra appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the event, Kimmel decided to take the opportunity to ask the starlet about her budding romance and quip, "Are you dating Nick Jonas?! Isn’t he like, 11 years old?" Chopra simply laughed, and responded, "We were both wearing Ralph Lauren, and we decided to go together because it was fun!" Hmm. The actress then went on to further ignore Kimmel’s question of whether or not she and Jonas were an item, laughing and claiming that they only decided to go together because they were wearing the same designer. Um…definitely awkward and probably untrue, but okay.
Body language experts have a lot to say about her relationship
Though Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are an interesting pairing, there’s a lot more to their relationship than meets the eye. As body language expert Traci Brown told Elite Daily, there is definitely something off about them as a couple. So, why is that?
In one Instagram photo where Brown analyzed the body language between the so-called happy couple, it seems as though Chopra is way more into Jonas than the other way around. "She’s showing ownership of him with her hand on his chest and also showing off that ring," she explained. "He’s showing that he doesn’t want to be bothered with the moment [and is] even a little irritated." Overall, Brown said that "[Chopra] has a ton of energy for [Jonas] and he just doesn’t show any emotion at all. He can’t even crack a smile."
At the same time, perhaps the singer is a bit camera-shy? In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2019, the mag managed to get Jonas blushing while talking about his wife. "I knew once we locked in together that I had a partner for life and a teammate," he gushed about their whirlwind romance, adding, "someone I could walk through the good times and the bad times with." All things considered, even if Jonas is bashful, it wouldn’t hurt him to show a bit more enthusiasm — especially considering these two have only been married since 2018.
Does Priyanka Chopra represent UNICEF well?
As a celebrity, Priyanka Chopra has a vast amount of opportunities to do good in the world — especially considering her financial power and fan base. These are probably things the Quantico alum took into consideration when she became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. However, there was one moment when her seemingly condescending attitude got in the way, and people didn’t think she represented the UNICEF core values very well.
At a BeautyCon Summit in 2019, Chopra was on stage when a woman in the audience asked her a question about a tweet she posted regarding rising tensions between India and Pakistan. As Insider recounted, the woman challenged, "You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan." Instead of hearing her out, the actress was surprisingly blunt, responding, "I hear you, whenever you’re done venting. Got it? OK, cool." Chopra then told the woman, "Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself." It was seriously uncomfortable, and people were quick to call out the Bollywood starlet for being condescending.
It’s interesting to note that Chopra’s original tweet happened in February — months she told The Sunday Times that she’s "tried to be apolitical all [her] life." Uh, right.
She’s somewhat tone-deaf when it comes to her privilege
Though Priyanka Chopra herself is a minority as a woman of color, she is also very privileged — of which she seems completely unaware. For instance, in 2016, Chopra appeared on the cover of Conde Nast Traveller and was wearing a shirt that garnered a lot of attention — and not in a good way. As BBC reported, "The top has the words ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and ‘outsider’ crossed out while the word ‘traveler’ stands out." Yep, it was seriously uncomfortable, and when the backlash came out, Chopra didn’t seem too concerned.
"I’m really, really apologetic about the fact that so many sentiments were hurt," Chopra said on India’s NDTV news channel. "I’m someone who always stands for no labels … I was very affected and feel really, really horrible." Chopra also mentioned that the magazine wanted to address "xenophobia, which is a big issue that is happening with labels."
So, why include the word "traveler"? According to what Conde Nast allegedly told the starlet, they explained that they wanted "to be ambiguous about people moving in or out. Whether it’s by choice or not by choice — you’re still traveling." Um, not exactly, and a lot of people took issue with the shirt in question, with the gist of the argument being that refugees are not the same as people going abroad for vacation, or staying in a hotel.
She judged people in the entertainment industry at first
Listen, there’s no doubt that Priyanka Chopra is a successful woman in the entertainment industry. However, she sometimes comes across as a little stuck-up about her talents and also judgemental of people in the entertainment industry — especially in one particular interview.
Speaking with The Daily Beast in 2019, Chopra explained her background. "I come from a very academic family," she said. "I was very academically inclined. When I was 17, I didn’t really think that the profession of glamour was a real profession, because everyone in my family was academic, but it changed, by fluke, when I won Miss India." Um, in case you missed it, there were two humble-brags thrown in there about how brilliant Chopra is, and how beautiful, since she won Miss India "by fluke." Additionally, she tossed aside the notion that people in "glamour" like actors, singers, or models are actually hard workers. It was definitely a weird comment, and kind of came across as out-of-touch.
Priyanka Chopra has said she wants kids, not a husband
There are already more than a few people who are wary about Priyanka Chopra’s marriage to Nick Jonas (like the time she forgot her hubby’s age), but once people look at this interview, they’ll be even earlier. As it turns out, the Baywatch star gave an interview to Filmfare in 2016 and claimed that the only reason she would get married would be to have kids. Wait, what?
"I buy my own diamonds. I don’t need someone to buy them for me. When a guy comes into my life it will not be for diamonds," Chopra declared. "A guy will be in my life only when I’m wholly, crazily in love. I don’t need a guy for anything else except for children," she concluded. Yeah, that’s kind of a weird thing to say, and it definitely complicates the already-strange relationship Chopra has with Jonas. Of course, no one will ever know just how genuine their love is, but as Chopra’s previous interview alluded to, she seems to value starting a family over getting married. Who knows, Chopra may end up being a great mom one day!
Priyanka Chopra has a weird relationship with food
Priyanka Chopra is obviously a gorgeous woman with a great figure. Hey, she’s even won both Miss India and Miss World in the past, too! But Chopra, just like many other women in the world, clearly struggles with her body image. While that’s totally normal, it’s kind of weird to hear her talk about her relationship with food.
"I don’t really have a diet. I wing it by the seat of my pants," the starlet expressed to Elle in 2017, adding, "[If] I feel gross about [myself] I suddenly start eating salad, protein, and soup. Otherwise, if I am feeling like I am in great shape I am okay with cheeseburgers and pizza." Hmm, to make things even weirder, Chopra later went on to discuss what happened on the set of Baywatch. "Of course, the boys especially worked out insane … I would emotionally eat because I would feel guilt that I was not going to the gym as much, or that I was not as focused. It started making me feel terrible, so I used to get hungry just looking at them and overcompensate for my guilt."
Clearly, Chopra has a complicated relationship with food, as do so many others around the world, but the fact that she doesn’t acknowledge it is worrisome. Hopefully, Chopra is okay, but there’s no denying the fact that it was an uncomfortable moment.