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20th Jan 2023

Priyanka Chopra responds to those who criticised her use of surrogacy

Sarah McKenna Barry

“I’m so grateful to be in a position where I could do this.”

Last year saw Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

Now, as her daughter Malti celebrates her first birthday, Priyanka has spoken about the negative comments she received for choosing surrogacy.

In an interview with British Vogue, Priyanka posed with Malti, addressed her decision, and reaffirmed her right to privacy.

She told the publication: “I had medical complications so this was a necessary step, and I’m so grateful to be in a position where I could do this.”

The actress also spoke highly about the surrogate.

“Our surrogate was so generous, kind, lovely and funny and she took care of this precious gift for six months,” she said.

Priyanka also said that it’s her right to keep her medical history private, and that doesn’t give critics the right to make assumptions about her choices.

She said: “Just because I don’t want to make my medical history public doesn’t give you the right to make up whatever the reasons were.”

Malti was born premature, and as a result spent 100 days in the NICU. When she was discharged, Nick took to Instagram to thank all the healthcare workers who looked after her.

He said: “We want to thank every doctor, nurse, and specialist at Rady Children’s La Jolla and Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles, who were there selflessly every step of the way.”

Nick also described their child as “truly a badass”, and said that they were “overjoyed” to have her home.

He wrote: “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 retrospect, is how precious and perfect every moment is.”

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