Nick Jonas opened about being a first-time dad to his 5-month-old daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas with wife Priyanka Chopra. The singer, 29, reflected on the recent tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 19 children were killed, revealing that the news has changed his perspective on being a parent. “The weight of everything is much more intense,” he said to E! News in an interview published Sunday, May 29.
“I think it’s now about trying to be as present as possible and as thoughtful as you can be for your family, but also for other people’s journeys,” the Jonas Brother shared. “As a father, as an uncle, I can’t not think about the kids and all the lives that were lost…I’m hoping for change to happen and we’ll see the end of this,” Nick also said.
Nick and Priyanka kept their surrogate pregnancy under wraps until they made a joint announcement that they were officially parents! “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate,” they wrote on January 21. “We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family. Thank you so much.”
Little Malti remained in the hospital’s NICU department, however, after being born prematurely. The couple revealed that she remained there for 100 days to receive treatment, but they were finally able to bring her home before Mother’s Day. “On this Mother’s Day we can’t help but reflect on these last few months and the rollercoaster we’ve been on, which we now know, so many people have also experienced. After 100 plus days in the NICU, our little girl is finally home,” Priyanka said, sharing the first photo of their little girl on May 8. In the image, she snuggled her newborn close, but chose to cover her face for the camera.
“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,” she said, reflecting on the emotional experience.
Malti is both Nick and Priyanka’s first child. The couple wed in a lavish ceremony in Jodhpur, India on December 1, 2018 after just a few months of dating.