Monday, June 17, 2024

Vanity Fair Got Snookered by Priyanka Chopra On Cover Story, Baby Was Coming the Whole Time


“They’re a big part of our desire for the future,” says Priyanka. “By God’s grace, when it happens, it happens.” I point out that both their lives seem busier than ever. “No, we’re not too busy to practice,” she says. I laugh and clarify that I wasn’t talking about sex but rather about their breakneck pace with work. They will have to slow down when a child enters their lives.

“I’m okay with that,” she says. “We’re both okay with that.”


Unless Vanity Fair interviewed Priyanka Chopra for their new cover story nine months ago, the magazine got snookered royally.

Chopra and Nick Jonas announced the arrival of a baby this week via surrogate. Chopra is on the cover of Vanity Fair — for reasons that are mystifying to begin with — with Jonas right there on the scene. But all VF could get out of them was the quote above.

Now, who knows what went on backstage? But I doubt Rebecca Ford, who wrote the story, knew she was being had at the time. It wasn’t like when I asked Blake Lively’s publicist if the actress was pregnant at a luncheon. I was sitting next to her and she seemed like she was pregnant (you can never ask, maybe she’d had too many Mallomars). The publicist actually laughed when I queried, like I was out of my mind.

Ten days later, there was an announcement.

But this is bad. I feel for Ford. The last thing you want is a big surprise like that just after your story is published. Who knows? Maybe they’ll name the baby Rebecca.

As for Priyanka Chopra, I give her credit. She was on a short lived show on ABC, “Quantico,” and turned it into a career of celebrity. She is literally known for being Priyanka Chopra. She knew how to play the game. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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