Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas welcomed their first child via surrogacy

At the end of last year, Gawker did a “prediction” post about which celebrity couples were likely to get divorced in 2022. I linked to it and there were a lot of comments about whether or not I was “rooting” for people to break up. I was not – I was just gossiping, and trying to read certain gossip tea leaves. One of the couples on the list was Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Let’s be real, they were giving off a vibe last year where many of us would not have been that surprised if they suddenly announced their divorce! They were barely even in the same country, and it definitely felt like they were cooling off a little. While they did work a lot (separately) last year, it turns out that they did have one special project together in 2021: they arranged for a surrogate pregnancy for their first child. Priyanka and Nick both posted the news on their Instas:

Surprise! I’m happy for them. I read Priyanka’s Vanity Fair cover interview (which I’ll post at some point in the coming days), and I understood her headspace a lot more after that piece. She was working non-step during the pandemic and she sounded burnt-out on being away from Nick and being away from their home in LA. I think it makes more sense to think of it as she was working a lot last year because she knew she would be taking time off this year when the baby came. Congrats to them – they had a plan, and they both prepared for parenthood.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram.

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  1. Heather says:

    Mazel Tov to them! 🥂

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      @Heather yes! This news makes me very happy. I don’t know why, just enjoying good news, I guess.

  2. fluffybunny says:

    Why are there 8 billion presents under their tree for just the 2 of them. Maybe a couple are for the dogs but that’s a ton of presents. But congrats to them and their new family.

    • canichangemyname says:

      Maybe hosting for other family members, so presents for them as well?

    • Watson says:

      If they purchase gifts for extended family and staff (assistants, managers etc) then the number of gifts makes more sense. But the way things are displayed looks very “commercial”. I guess they had a stylist for this tree and a very dedicated assistant to coordinate the presents.

      As to their child congrats to them!! It’s nice to have positive gossip instead of break up speculations.

    • Desdemona says:

      If I had money, trust me, there would be lots of presents for my whole family and friends under the tree..

    • Eurydice says:

      Maybe they aren’t real presents, but props to make the photo look good.

    • Harla says:

      My first thought when I saw all the presents, is that they’re gifts for their 3 dogs and probably a few for family members and staff.

    • SH says:

      They were hosting both their parents as well as extended family on her side so it’s not just the two of them. That’s one of the things people miss with this couple is that their families and friend groups are integrated way beyond what is typical for a celebrity relationship. People are missing that his parents who were once being held up as this Evangelical Christian ideal are regularly participate in Hindu religious ceremonies. No one would have believed that as possible a dozen years ago.

    • Caseysmom hi says:

      Nick has parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters in laws, and 3 nieces. That’s 10 people right there. Include Priyanka’s family and they’re easily buying for 20-25 close family, not including staff.

    • Ennie says:

      I made many fake gift boxes to hide the bottom of my tree 🤗

    • Margles says:

      I have tons of presents under my tree usually because they’re for my extended family.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    All the best to them.

  4. Chloe says:

    Congratulations to them and I honestly wish them the best on this new chapter of their lives. The horrible reactions on social media made no sense to me.

    • truthSF says:

      Mostly obsessed fan(atics) of Nick who were hoping for a breakup, and are now severely disappointed that 1. No breakup. And 2. There’s now a baby involved, so their (delusional) chances with Nick just went up in smoke…again!!

      And most importantly, it’s also the Meghan effect of no WOC deserves to be with their golden white knight!

    • Mia4s says:

      Well in fairness to those reacting on social media, the initial announcement was just fine (good for them) but the follow up story from the “sources” was kind of awful.


      Her fertility was absolutely fine we tell you, fine! They just couldn’t be together enough to have sex. (Err, why is her fertility anyone’s business, why are you talking like fertility issues are something to be ashamed of, and….why are you telling us this??)

      The baby was born twelve weeks early which is really causing a problem for there work schedule! (Err…I’m sure the baby is very sorry to inconvenience you?)

      Really REALLY poor PR. The announcement tells me to be happy for them. All the follow up story tells me is to congratulate the army of nannies on their upcoming employment.

      • FHMom says:

        Yikes. That’s a lot of hatred directed toward a young family. I don’t get it.

      • Woke says:

        How do you know it was their PR telling this when the announcement was very short with minimum details and not the tabloids trying to speculate why they gone that route ?

      • Louise177 says:

        I wish for once when a celebrity announces a pregnancy/birth nobody dismisses them as parents by claiming they will have an army of nannies. Which celebrities have these armies? I’ve never understood the criticism of having nannies. Most non-celebrity parents use daycare and childcare services. Besides most celebrities don’t have 9-5 hours and travel. It would be difficult to not have any chlildcare especially if the parent is single or the spouse/partner also works.

      • Harla says:

        I don’t think that this is coming from their PR at all but is being spun by bored, nasty commentators, very similar to what the press does to Harry and Meghan. If we don’t believe the press and their “sources” then, why should we believe it now?

      • AnneL says:

        Twelve weeks early? That is very premature. I hope the baby will be OK.

      • Sophia’s+Side+Eye says:

        This reads as badly translated from another language. I’m sure a lot of the intent is lost in that translation.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Wow @ Mia4s, it sounds like you’re highlighting points cobbled together by the Fail from different tabloid stories over the last few years. I doubt very much their PR team or insiders on their side would go to the Fail.

        Congratulations to them on their baby.

      • vs says:

        @Mia4s —

        1) Even if her/HIS fertility was fine and they chose surrogacy, how is it any of your business? or of anyone really?

        2) what’s wrong with hiring nannies? they are busy people with careers just like plenty of men and women in corporate America….why are people fighting for child care when people like you exist? apparently, the mom (it is always the mother) should stay home to take care of the kids. They can afford excellent childcare and once again, why do you care? is it your kid?

        3) some women (I am willing to bet a lot of money you are one) really are the worst to others! it is like those women try to justify their own decisions (usually the ones they regret making) by attacking women who chose differently!
        Just like you seem to pity this kid, I (a perfect stranger) pity any daughter you may have…..

        Huge congratulations to Priyanka and Nick

      • Isabella says:

        Nobody cared when Nicole Kidman and Keith used a surrogate. They are always working, too. They have nannies. Really not my business.

    • Anony83 says:

      TW: Description of absolutely awful things people say about surrogacy.

      People get intensely judgemental about surrogacy, particularly when a woman uses one. It’s like they think it’s cheating the system. (Full disclosure, I had my daughter via surrogate as well this past year).

      I think it’s also a little bit that it goes against the narrative that women are expected to “give” their husbands babies (and thus why women “should” be younger than their husbands) so when a woman is too old or otherwise unable to bear children, it’s almost like people resent that they can still have a baby or that their husband didn’t drop them for a younger or healthier wife who could “really” give him children.

      Obviously, I think all of that is toxic garbage (and many people would deny that this is their motivation for disapproving of surrogacy) but once you’ve gone through the process, it’s hard to miss what people say about it.

      • Chloe says:

        @anony83: many congratulations to you on the birth of your baby!

        @mia4s: who says it was their pr? Because to me that sounds like gossip rags simply being gossip rags and making shit up. Obviously i don’t know Priyanka personally but i think its more of a fertility issue than anything else. And i feel like we should be respectful of that. I also think that nick & Priyanka don’t really owe us an explanation. They chose surrogacy and a baby has come i to this world.

      • Lady D says:

        Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, Anony83.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Congratulations anony83 on your baby! No one should question the why/how it happened. Not our business. I’m familiar with someone whose mother was their surrogate. All parties were happy that a well loved child was born.

        I love seeing Christmas trees with lots of presents underneath. Very festive. There is one person in my life that I can say outdoes their # of presents & tree. Look forward to seeing it every year and happy my Christmas bill doesn’t equal theirs. Love the dogs stink eye and he/she is leaning into a protective stance over their owner. All the dogs are cool

      • Lucille says:

        It’s about the complete disregard of ethical issues or the body or financial situation of the surrogate that makes people mad. That’s why almost every country on this planet doesn’t allow it. It has nothing to do with sexism as you claim.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        This link provides different information regarding surrogacy. There is a color coded map that depicts different countries regulations/laws. It’s not true to say almost every country on this planet doesn’t allow it.

  5. Colleen says:

    We put presents for family and that family sends us under the tree to make it look festive before Christmas Eve. Plus, where else do you put them?! 😛

    • FHMom says:

      We open family presents on Xmas Eve, so we have gifts for family that aren’t even from us or for us under our tree. It always looks pretty.

  6. Likeyoucare says:

    I hate reading post trying to demeaning her as a parent because she used surrogate. And more than half of them from her country too.
    I hope she doesnt read any of them.

    • Merricat says:

      Why would she waste her time? Nobody’s opinion on surrogacy means a fig, except the couples who use it. Everyone else is just showing their Karen-ness.

  7. Harper says:

    My first thought was that’s a lot of presents too. I’m happy for them as I like them both individually (never paid attention to them as a couple, however.) But, why did their baby announcement give off death-in-the-family vibes? Black background with a red heart and a please respect our privacy?

    My daughter was the Jonas Bros target age in their heyday and so I was exposed constantly to their music. Re-listening to their songs now their musical talent was questionable. Jonas Bros were lucky to peak before One Direction entered the scene.

    • Jenn says:

      Because they were probably forced to make the announcement by a tabloid planning to break the news. And the black background was probably just their hope to minimise the news. There was nothing wrong with it.

      • Harper says:

        It came off super somber to me. No one expects a baby via surrogate announcement to be minimized–it’s a happy event. If it was so shocking to them that their news was leaked then take a minute and compose yourself before shooting off a baby announcement that looked like someone died.

      • vs says:

        @Harper — so we are back to “anything black” means bad news!!! okkkkkk

  8. Red Weather Tiger says:

    As the Mom of a preemie, I feel for them—and mine was a 34-week preemie. Twelve weeks premature is A LOT. Neonatal medicine is nothing short of miraculous, but a 28-week baby needs a lot of support. Hoping their little baby girl does well and comes home as soon as possible!

    • Bex says:

      The way that “source” treats the baby’s alleged premature birth as an afterthought really is something.

      Since neither Priyanka nor Nick have told us their baby was born prematurely, I’m taking that claim with a MASSIVE grain of salt.

  9. Tw says:

    I have never believed they are a real couple. This has nothing to do with using a gestational carrier, which I support 100%. I just think they are a PR couple. Same with Bradley and Irina.

    • RoyalAssassin says:

      see my comment above.

      • RoyalAssassin says:

        Well, it didn’t go thru, so I’ll write it again: they are a real couple; I think they’re good friends, because he bats for the other side and can’t come out due to heavy Christian family stuff. Priyanka has had abuse in her past from some inside the insidious Bollywood scene, and I think both of them did it to help each other; and now they wanted a baby, and I think they’ll make good parents. It’s not PR. It’s a decision they seem to have gone into willingly and happily, for each other. Bradley and Irina? Meh…not so much. Total beard, and a mercantile arrangement, and she got a baby out of it which he doesn’t seem so interested in. There’s zero energy between them….just a nice big fat contract.

  10. Harla says:

    Awww❤️ Congratulations to Nick, Priyanka and their 3 dogs on the birth of their daughter and baby sister! I wish them all a lifetime of laughter, happiness and love!

  11. PinkBerry says:

    Congrats to them. Hope their baby is ok.

  12. Digital Unicorn says:

    OMG the stink eye the husky dog is giving in that tree photo – someone please give the dog their own twitter account!!

    Anyways, congrats to them.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    Well that surprised me! Congrats to them.

  14. Karisma says:

    The fact that some ppl think they could have a baby for PR is crazy.
    Anyway congratulation to the couple

  15. Kaz says:

    28 weeks is pretty early, I wish them and their baby the best and good health especially!

  16. Jan says:

    Not a nice thing to say about anyone, having a baby for PR.

    • BeanieBean says:

      A lot of people said the same thing about Elizabeth Holmes’ baby–good PR, hoping to influence the jury/judge.

      • Merricat says:

        Might be a difference between a pathological liar/fraud facing jail and entertainers going about their lives.

      • Sunshine+Shay says:

        Yeah, I would generally say it’s not nice to assume someone is having a baby for PR’s sake, but Elizabeth Holmes is exactly the kind of narcissist who WOULD (did) have a baby to improve PR. She’s really not a good example to use here, so why bring her up?

        Congrats to these two <3

  17. Ainsley7 says:

    I think it’s funny that people were saying they are going to break up ever since they got together. No one thought they would work. I’m glad they are happy and continuing to do things their own way. At least they haven’t been predictable.

  18. Wendy says:

    We don’t know that baby was early , we know a gossip on social media said it was early.

  19. Dani says:

    I still find them so odd as a couple but I wish them happiness. Their baby is very premature and will likely be in NICU for several months. There is a 80-90% survival rate for babies born at 28 weeks gestation. I truly hope their baby does ok.

    • Bex says:

      We don’t know if the baby is premature. This is all from an unnamed source in the Daily Mail. Priyanka hasn’t said the baby was born early.

  20. ME says:

    I’m actually really happy for them. I think they’ll make great parents !

  21. ME says:

    It’s not a pr baby. The only reason there were “rumors” of a break-up the past few weeks is because Priyanka went back to using her last name Chopra instead of Chopra-Jonas on social media. She was upset because a reporter called her “Nick Jonas’s wife” as if she has no accomplishments of her own or no name of her own.

  22. Par says:

    She looks like his mother. She doesn’t look “old” — she’s really beautiful — but he looks soooo gawky and young. She seriously looks like a grown woman next to a teenage boy.

    • Storminateacup says:

      Congrats to them.The kiss on the cheek gives me cringe ‘Aunty’ vibes. They always look uncomfortable doing it, why bother.

  23. Alibeebee says:

    congratulations! to them. my heart goes out to them having a micro preemie .. my daughter was born 4 months early at 22 weeks and 6 days 9 months ago. they must be going through so much angst! i pray the baby will come out stronger and fight the good fight .
    congratulations to them!

  24. Vic says:

    I read it’s the surrogate’s 5th sur. pregnancy and baby was delivered at 27 weeks. Hope everyone is doing ok. Very stressful situation 🙁

  25. MangoAngelesque says:

    Nothing says “overjoyed new parents” like stark black-and-white text and a single red heart.

    For classic oversharers, you’d think their PR regarding their new arrival would be at least a little…happy?

    • L4Frimaire says:

      I’m fine with it. They only need to put out what they want to and can do more when they’re ready to. Congrats to the new parents. No one was expecting that.

    • Ennie says:

      As a thers are saying, they have a premature little one. I think they have other things in their mind. I read somewhere that they had to announce because TMZ learned about the news and had to beat them to control the narrative. I don’t blame them at all. It is their call.

    • Tanya says:

      My baby was only in the NICU for a week, and I assure you I didn’t give a rat’s ass about playing happy family for anyone, much less strangers on social media. I didn’t even share photos, because I couldn’t bear to see her in the incubator, hooked up to machines.

  26. Daisyduck says:

    Does anyone else think it’s strange how the post says “a baby” and not “our baby” it just seems rather detached and like they’ve welcomed some random baby. Hope said baby goes from strength to strength – 28 weeks is very early!

  27. Luna17 says:

    Wow, I didn’t read the baby was three months early but I hope she is doing well. I think people get upset about the surrogate thing because usually only wealthy people can afford it. It’s simply not an option for working people so it’s seen as this elitist shortcut. I think surrogacy is great but it’s clearly out of reach for most people who may not be able to expand their families otherwise. The rich have different fertility options than the rest of us do and it’s not fair sometimes that awesome people aren’t able to have families because they have fertility issues and can’t afford these options.

    • Isabella says:

      I know people who have a relative who volunteered. Another volunteer was a work colleague who wanted to do a good deed. There are many options.

      • Tessa says:

        hoping someone you know would volunteer and knowing you have access to a nearly infinite pool of candidates thanks to money (and, perhaps, status) are two very different animals, can we not pretend that surrogacy is equally realistic for the rich and the poor?

    • Lucille says:

      It’s not the money part that gets people upset but the exploitation part and the ethical concerns that don’t seem to be a thing in the US. Working people can afford it. It starts at 40k.

      • Léna says:

        Thank you Lucille. Surrogacy seems widly accepted in the US. They are reasons it’s still forbidden in many countries and couples for to lower-income countries to afford surrogate. Because it’s exploitation. Riche people can afford it and women from lower classes suffer

  28. L4Frimaire says:

    This is really mean thing to say. They have said in interviews they want to have a family. We don’t know anything about this couple’s private life or medical issues. People use surrogates sometimes. I get a lot of people uncomfortable with the ethics of it, but to say they would put themselves through this for PR seems a bit much. I have friends who’ve had kids through in vitro and sperm banks, and I never not once questioned them as parents or thought less of their children, even if the industry around it has a lot of issues. I find this comment disgusting.

  29. minx says:

    I have no idea what she sees in him, but, congrats.

    • vs says:

      I so agree with you; she is the one who downgraded but her choice, her life….I wish them all the best with their newest arrival

  30. Charfromdarock says:

    Congratulations to them!

  31. vs says:

    There is no need to pity this kid…..sometimes it is ok to say nothing you know!

  32. A says:

    I’ll never not be surprised at these two ends of my middle school pop culture life colliding in such a way. Wow. I’m honestly really happy for them and pleasantly surprised.

  33. jferber says:

    Congratulations! I am thrilled for them!

  34. SomeChick says:

    it takes more than a few weeks for a baby to gestate. you can’t just snap your fingers and have a baby with that kind of turnaround. so, no, she is not a “PR baby” & what a mean thing to say! you jelly?

  35. RoyalAssassin says:

    Yeah, that’s mean. Look, I don’t want to get into any exchanges about this, but it’s pretty well known in the celeb world that he bats for the other team; why he hasn’t come out is easy to understand from his heavy-Christian family background, and it’s no one’s business why he’s chosen to live his life this way. Priyanka stepped up and partnered with him: no one knows why she did that either, but I would say, knowing the insidious Bollywood background she comes from, that she was likely abused by some powers that be—it has been spoken of quietly in India for a long time. She found what she wanted in Nick, and he found what he wanted in her. No one’s business, but they’re famous, so the public will talk. It’s not so hard to believe that they’re just friends supporting each other; so they both wanted a baby, and that works for them too. They seem like they’d both be great parents. And why should she carry it if she doesn’t want to or can’t? Again, the reasons for that are not known. But they’re together, they clearly like each other, and now they’re parenting. Good on them.

    Getting ahead of the narrative by announcing things yourself is the tack that Meghan and Harry have taken, and it’s an sober and intelligent thing to do. People are criticising these two for wanting privacy and then making an announcement. The British media constantly hammer M&H for their demands for privacy and then criticise them for being public; it’s only an idiot’s game, to do that and not understand what famous people actually mean by “privacy,” and how different it is to a nobody’s idea of privacy.

  36. Suz says:

    Totally not the point but I despise Christmas trees that look so perfect.

  37. Lucille says:

    I find it strange that there doesn’t seem to be a single ethical concern regarding surrogacy in the US.

  38. Boo says:

    I agree @Lucille.
    Using a surrogate because you are infertile is one thing, but because having a baby clashes with your work schedule?!
    It leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

    • Lucille says:

      I think both are invalid reasons. Me wanting a baby doesn’t justify ruining another woman’s body and health for it and abusing her poor financial and mental state. Luckily surrogacy is forbidden in most countries. The money those women get wouldn’t even cover any long-term health problems they might be left with. Surrogacy agecies make tons of money from it. Some women aren’t even paid when the baby is stillborn or has a disability. Tons of people don’t just only think they have a right to have a biological child but also the right to a healthy child. There’s a whole industry around it that’s just unethical to put it nicely.

      Using a surrogate because of too much work or wanting a certain gender (hello Hillary Baldwin) just makes it even worse. Or the ones who don’t want to “ruin” their bodies but are completely fine with other women doing it.

      • Léna says:

        Great comment Lucille.

      • Dani says:

        Lucille- while there are certainly some ethical concerns with surrogacy and I believe it should be carefully regulated (please note the difference between traditional surrogacy and gestational carriers), there are many good valid reasons for surrogacy. Not everyone works through an agency, many intended parents have a relative or friend carry the child for them for altruistic reasons. I take this personally since I cannot safely carry another child due to severe medical condition (triggered by my first pregnancy) and we are working with a gestational carrier now. I don’t want to get into a protracted back and forth about the merits/dangers of surrogacy, just trying to provide another perspective in this general discussion.

  39. Normades says:

    I think I’m the only person who thinks they’re cute together. I thought they definitely had physical chemistry together in that music video with the wives. Really bothers me when people say she looks like his mother.

  40. AmyB says:

    Really not liking the “arranged a surrogacy”. Parenthood comes in many ways and surrogacy is just one and the judgy, snideness around it is awful.

  41. one of the Marys says:

    I was so torn years ago when I read about a gay couple who used a surrogate with one of the men’s sperm and the surrogate’s egg. they wanted a biological tie to that child for legal concerns. But all I could think was that the poor woman was selling her child.

  42. Lauren+R says:

    Good for them!

    I have no ethical concerns with surrogacy as long as the woman having the baby is taken care of. I know couples who have had a surrogate or been a surrogate for someone else. They are all middle class and neither party was being taken advantage of as described in the comments above.

    I am 41 almost 42 I don’t have children and I am about to get married to a man 7 years younger. I will be 43 by the time we have our wedding.

    We have discussed adoption or surrogacy since my triple bypass surviving body would struggle immensely if I became pregnant. I wish this couple and their child good health and many years of happiness.

  43. Katherine says:

    Is it just me or is it actually weird to ask for privacy after a happy event?

    • Tanya says:

      Having a newborn can be intense and exhausting. Having a 3 months premature newborn is gut-wrenching. Why wouldn’t they want privacy?

  44. MA says:

    So much toxicity towards this relationship, especially Priyanka. I’m not a fan of the two but I don’t get the strong reactions either. They seem fine or blah? I saw some incredibly nasty, insane comments about their decision to chose surrogacy (of course blaming Priyanka only). Especially from white women ascribing horrible motivations to her. I guess WOC who “steal” desired white men can never live in peace. I can’t believe it’s 2022 and people are still judgmental about others pregnancy and childbirth decisions.