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Priyanka Chopra gets realistic about the aftermath of her botched nose surgery. While the actor and new mom had previously opened up about the experience in her 2021 memoir, “Unfinished,” she recently shared more about how it seriously affected her mental health in a May 2 interview on “The Howard Stern Show.”
“It was a dark phase,” Chopra told the radio show host. She further explained that seeing her face look “completely different” and put her into a “deep, deep depression”, making it difficult for her to leave the house. In addition to her own reaction to her new look, she said she was fired from three different movies after the surgery. Chopra was a rising star in Bollywood at the time and she felt that her career was ‘over’.
Chopra’s father eventually encouraged her to have corrective surgery to restore the original procedure. While she describes feeling “terrified” about going under the knife again, she said her father “kept my hands through it and helped me regain my confidence.”
In her memoir, Chopra spoke for the first time about the disastrous results of her nose surgery. During a routine polypectomy (an operation to remove polyps from the nose), the surgeon accidentally shaved the bridge while trying to remove the tissue. “My original nose was gone,” she wrote in her book, according to Insider. “My face looked completely different. I wasn’t myself anymore. I felt broken and hopeless.” She shared how the experience affected her career as she lost jobs and was dubbed “Plastic Chopra” by the media. “My career, one so heavily based on looks, seemed to be over before it really started,” she wrote.
This isn’t Chopra’s first time being candid about her health. In March, she reflected on her journey to motherhood during an episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, where she talked about her decision to freeze her eggs in her early 30s. “It’s the best gift you can give yourself, because you take the power from your biological clock and you can work for as long as you want,” she said at the time.
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