Priyanka Chopra and her husband.
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Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t know who Priyanka Chopra is. Yes, Priyanka Chopra, the leading Bollywood actress who made the transition to international Hollywood films such as The Matrix Resurrections and The white tiger. She is also a member of the Jonas wives, married to the youngest JoBro Nick Jonas. With over 74 million Instagram followers, most people know who she is. All except Rosie O’Donnell, who created two bizarre Tik Toks documenting an awkward interaction between them at a Nobu restaurant.
To set the scene: Rosie O’Donnell greets Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra at Nobu in Malibu. O’Donnell tells Chopra that she is a fan of her father, which confuses Chopra. Chopra then asks him, “Who is my father?” to which O’Donnell replies, “Deepak Chopra.” AKA an alternative medicine author, who is not Chopra’s father. Chopra then informs her that Chopra is a very common last name. Normally, interactions like this are buried deep where no one else can ever hear about them, but O’Donnell decided to embarrass himself several times in front of a larger audience. O’Donnell tells the story of the awkward moment on Tik Tok, referring to Chopra as “Chopra’s wife”, not knowing her name for the story. Commenters were quick to say that not knowing Priyanka Chopra’s name even after the interaction was disrespectful.
The next day, O’Donnell took to Tik Tok again to apologize for not knowing her name. “She’s apparently a very well-known actress and more famous than [Nick Jonas], people were saying,” O’Donnell said, “So I’m sure it felt weird to him at first. However, it appears the only apology O’Donnell offered was online. Priyanka posted a response to her Instagram Story.
“I never took myself seriously to think that everyone would know who I am, or my work for that matter. But if you wanted to publicly apologize for a very awkward private encounter, I think it would probably be best to take the time to google my name before doing so or even try to contact me directly,” wrote Chopra. “We ALL deserve to be respected for our unique individuality and not to be called ‘someone’ or ‘wife’, especially in heartfelt apologies.” She concluded the statement with a final thought on her last name. “PS- As I said before, not all Chopras are related to the great Deepak, just like not all Smiths are related to the legendary Will Smith.” Maybe Rosie can tell her brother Chris O’Donnell about it instead of Tik Tok.