Priyanka Chopra Jonas is getting candid about a terrible medical mishap that left her devastated. In the 38-year-old actress’s first book, Unfinished: a memory, talks about a minor nose job that had horrible consequences.
In 2001, a year after being crowned Miss World, Chopra said she began to suffer from what she felt was a “persistent cold” that she thought was some kind of sinus infection.
After she started having trouble breathing, which was a particularly worrisome problem considering she also suffers from asthma, Chopra sought the advice of a medical professional, who discovered a polyp in her nasal cavity.
The doctor said it would have to be surgically removed, and Chopra wrote that she was under the impression that it would be a “fairly routine procedure” and was not overly concerned.
It turns out that the procedure, routine or not, went very, very wrong.
“While shaving my polyp, the doctor also accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed,” wrote Chopra. “When it was time to remove the bandages and the condition of my nose was revealed, Mom and I were horrified.”
“My original nose was gone,” continued Chopra. “My face looked completely different. It wasn’t me anymore.”
Chopra reflected on how the botched surgery completely ruined her confidence and outlook, especially when it happened just as her career was starting to take off in a big way.
“Every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger would look at me,” recalls Chopra. “I didn’t think my sense of myself or my self-worth would recover from the blow.”
She was criticized in the media for her new appearance, with many tabloids accusing her of undergoing plastic surgery and making fun of her for what they speculated was a cosmetic procedure.
Over the next two decades, Chopra has undergone multiple corrective procedures to “normalize” her appearance and has come to accept and embrace her appearance.
“While it took a few years … I’ve gotten used to this face. Now when I look in the mirror, I’m not surprised anymore; I’ve made peace with this slightly different me,” she explained. “This is my face. This is my body. It may have flaws, but it’s me.”
Chopra also recently spoke with ET’s Rachel Smith about her memoirs and opened up about the obstacles she faced in her career, including bullying, racism, and sexism, and how overcoming them led to her success.
Watch the video below to hear from the consummate artist about her life in the limelight and how she forged her own path.