- Priyanka Chopra spoke to British Vogue about her and Nick Jonas welcoming a daughter via surrogate.
- The actress said surrogacy was “a necessary step” because she “had medical complications.”
- Their baby, Malti Marie, was born prematurely in January 2022 and spent more than 100 days in intensive care.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas said she and husband Nick Jonas chose to have their first child via surrogate due to medical complications and responded to people criticizing that decision.
“I had medical complications,” Chopra Jonas, 40, said in the cover story for the February 2023 issue of British Vogue, published Thursday.
The actor added that surrogacy “was a necessary step and I am so grateful that I was in a position to do this. Our surrogate was so generous, kind, lovely and funny, and she took care of this precious gift for us for six months.”
Chopra Jonas and Jonas, 30, welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Malti Marie, in January 2022.
In the interview with British Vogue, the “Baywatch” star described her journey of becoming a mother and her challenges. Chopra Jonas said she has “developed a tough cover” to deal with criticism, but didn’t want people to judge and speculate about why she had a baby via surrogacy.
“It hurts so much when they talk about my daughter,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Keep her out of it.’ I know how it felt to hold her little hands as they tried to find her veins. So no, she’s not going to gossip.”
“You don’t know me,” Chopra Jonas said. “You don’t know what I’ve been through. And just because I don’t want to go public with my medical history, or my daughter’s, doesn’t give you the right to make up for whatever the reasons were.”
The actress said she has been especially “protective” of her family since welcoming a daughter.
When the couple first announced the birth of their first child in January 2022, they posted a simple statement on their Instagram accounts and refrained from sharing details such as the newborn’s birthday, name or gender.
A few months later, Jonas spoke about the “roller-coaster” experience of parenthood in an Instagram post honoring his wife on Mother’s Day. He shared a photo of the family of three, but covered the baby’s face in a bid to protect her privacy.
In his Instagram caption, the Jonas Brothers member revealed that their child spent more than 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before being released to their home.
“Every family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours was a challenging few months, what becomes abundantly clear in hindsight is how precious and perfect every moment is,” he said.
Elaborating on her daughter’s premature birth and time in the NICU, Chopra Jonas told British Vogue, “We spent every single day with her on my chest, on my husband’s chest.”
“I didn’t know if she was going to make it or not,” she said.