In November, Priyanka Chopra changed her name on Instagram back to the handle @PriyankaChopra after briefly having it read @PriyankaChopraJonas following her marriage to musician Nick Jonas. At the time, the edit sparked separation rumors for the couple. They didn’t comment on it then, but in an interview with Vanity Fair for their February 2022 issue, Chopra finally spoke out about the way the moment affected her outlook.
Chopra said that internet reactions can be a “professional hazard” to both her and Jonas because of their public-facing careers. The assumptions she saw online were disappointing.
“It’s a very vulnerable feeling, actually, that if I post a picture, everything that’s behind me in that picture is going to be zoomed in on, and people are going to speculate,” she said. “Because of the noise of social media, because of the prevalence that it has in our lives, I think it seems a lot larger than it is. I think that we give it a lot more credence in real life, and I don’t think it needs that.”
The actress added that it has all been taking a lot out of her and has made her feel like she has to withdraw a bit.
“I’m starting to protect myself a lot more because I realize how much [the entertainment business] takes out of you,” Chopra continued. “It takes a part of your soul, constantly trying to make sure that you say the right thing, do the right thing, dress the right way, not make a mistake, not trip because the whole world is going to watch. Or not fall when you’re walking up on a red carpet or say something wrong or have a bad f–king day.”
Jonas spoke about the response as well, saying it can be difficult to maintain a private relationship with the level of scrutiny they both receive.
“We both know that public life is something that comes with what we do,” he said. “But we’ve set real boundaries around our personal lives, our privacy, and worked really hard to create that little safe haven for ourselves with our friends and family.”
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