Priyanka Chopra left Bollywood because ‘I had beef with people’

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas got married (over and over again) in 2018. Last year, they welcomed their daughter Malti via surrogacy and they both took much of 2022 off to focus on their family. While I didn’t think Pri and Nick would “make it” long term, they’re doing much better than I thought they would. Priyanka recently chatted with the Armchair Expert podcast about where she was emotionally when she met Nick, and why she decided to marry him in the first place. She also talked about why she left Bollywood in the first place. Some highlights from Priyanka’s interview:

Meeting Nick in 2016: “I was in a tumultuous relationship at that time. This is ’16. We had common friends who didn’t want me to be in my relationship and were like, ‘Oh, he’s single too.’ He’s really not with that girl, but he is. It was complicated on both our ends,” confessed Priyanka. Without revealing the name of her ex, she shares that the relationship was near its end when Nick, 30, would go on to send Priyanka a message through Twitter in 2016, adding that she “didn’t want to engage as much at the time.”

The age difference: “I was also like 35, Nick was 25. I really put a stop to it in a way because I judged the book by the cover. I said, ‘I wanna settle down. I have been there and done the fun dating things.’ I was like ready to get serious.”

They didn’t meet in person until 2017?! While the two would not go on to meet in person until a week before attending the 2017 Met Gala together as Ralph Lauren’s guests, having kept in touch only through “random texts,” Priyanka shared that she still had reservations, explaining that some of her exes were “a little bit narcissistic. I kept making the same mistakes. A lot of the pattern in my relationships was me feeling gaslit because I gave that kind of power to the people that I was with, where I was like, ‘You come first,'” sharing that she got “so much clarity on what I needed,” before her relationship with Nick.

Why she decided to leave Bollywood: “I’ve never said this so I’m going to say it because you’ll make me feel safe…. I was being pushed into a corner in the industry (Bollywood). I had people not casting me, I had beef with people, I am not good at playing that game so I kind of was tired of the politics and I said I needed a break.”

[From People & NDTV]

LOL at “I had beef with people.” Still, to this day, there are rumors about Priyanka in the Bollywood community and whether she was pushed out or whether she left voluntarily. There are rumors about who she was banging and whether they were married and tons of other stuff. I have no doubt that she had beef with people, just as I have no doubt that people had beef with her too. In any case, I like what she says about her reticence to get involved with Nick – she was often portrayed (by racists) as a schemer who did the most to sink her claws into poor, innocent Nick. When really, Nick pursued her and she was like “nope nope nope” for months.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    I admittedly don’t know anything about Bollywood but I thought I was common knowledge that she was blacklisted by a few powerful men in the industry.

    There were lots of nasty rumours about her – the usual stuff.

  2. Valentina says:

    As a big Bollywood fan, I would love more details haha. I think I know, but it would be interesting to see who else she might have had an issue with / who had an issue with her).

    • Mina says:

      Join the bwood Reddit sub. It’s a pretty toxic forum, but lots of tea. Very repetitive tea tho.

  3. sierra says:

    Well, she had an affair with the king of Bollywood aka Shah Rukh Khan and the queen of Bollywood aka Gauri Khan found out and used her powers to exile Priyanka.

    Gauri wasn’t going to do anything to her husband because she loves her lifestyle so she got rid of the “mistress”.

  4. Mina says:

    Regardless of the affair, P.C. shouldn’t have suffered extreme professional consequences. Bwood is an extremely nepotistic and colorist place, where making it as an outsider and sustaining it is very difficult. P.C. isn’t a saint, but she is so demonized. The Bwood Reddit sub is like 1/3 critiquing her and downplaying her achievements and speculation about the affair lol

    • SH says:

      The alleged stories are also interesting from a current lense of power dynamics. She was portrayed for so long as the dusky vixen, but do we really think powerful men old enough to be her father were really at her mercy? We know how men in power used to getting to whatever they desire behave. Toss in that her father was sick and dying all those years and as she mentioned in the interview she is not a nepo baby. She has her role and responsibility in whatever happened and could have made many best choices, but it also looks different today if people read between the lines.

      Whatever happened in the past I love that now she has what what once was held up as the ideal American Evangelical Christian family regularly participating in Hindu festivals and prayers. It is something that no one would have believed 15 years ago.

    • B says:

      She also seems like the kind of woman who would have an opinion and stand by expressing it.
      That alone generates beef in certain circles.

  5. molly says:

    I listened to the whole podcast, and I like her even more. I can’t imagine what women, and POC women especially, go through at the highest levels of fame anywhere. I don’t judge her for anything.

  6. Renee says:

    Allegedly, She fell for Shahrukh Khan, married to Gauri….it got serious, Gauri Khan put her foot down. Shahrukh chose his family, he after all has a family man, good man image so he was never going to choose Priyanka. He even had a baby boy via surrogate with Gauri to make the rumors of his exploits stop. Gauri was furious, She has friends in Bollywood, powerful ones….they all tried to punish her by freezing her out of the industry. Anjula Achariya, her USA manager said in an interview, when she was scouting Priyanka, people in Bollywood circle actively tried to talk her out of it. She took a leap of faith with Priyanka. Listen, Priyanka wasn’t naive and was wrong to fall for married man but it takes two to tango. It was horrendous that she was the one they tried to destroy while Shahrukh had 0 impact on his career despite being willing participant. Anyway she made the right decision, smart decision and saved her career. Good for her.

  7. Kiera says:

    Through a friend I know someone who was involved with Quantico and they said she is really lovely but has a terrible taste in men/relationships.

    She was actively pursuing one of the men on the show with her, who was married. It seems he said no and asked the writers to change things so that their characters were not as involved as they were/were intended to be. She then had an affair with another of the actors who was also married. I pretty sure I know who both guys were based on how the seasons got written. The second guy was leaving his wife for her but then got cold feet, and it was around then that she started talking to Jonas. He changed his mind and left his wife but she was over it by then.

    She decided the pr of being with this guy would be awful and after going to HM’s wedding wanted something more stable and that would help her career. She was also apparently very jealous at the attention M was getting as she thoght she was the better actress and should have had the bigger profile.

    • KFG says:

      That’s garbage. Priyanka isn’t that type of woman. Stop with the catty reddit bs. She dated a married dude in bollywood who used her. She isn’t some femme Fatale married man hunter.

  8. BeanieBean says:

    I don’t really follow her or her husband, but my goodness, she is stunning! First we get photos of the stunning Brooke Shields, and now the equally stunning Priyanka Chopra!

  9. Jenn says:

    Although the age gap isn’t quite as profound, my husband was the same age when he pursued me in pretty much the same way, and I struggled to follow my heart because I thought I knew how our relationship would “look” from the outside. It’s hard to be judged for so long so relentlessly, and then it is a relief to find love with someone who actually “sees” you. Good for them!!