Author, Maria Smith, described Priyanka Chopra as a “global scam artist”, insisting she married Nick Jonas simply as a bid to further aid her own personal career, rather than through love.
Standing as one of India’s highest paid and most popular celebrities – Chopra’s wedding was at the forefront of conversations across the globe.
While various people had a lot to say, one person in particular caught the world’s attention for all the wrong reasons.
Author, Maria Smith, described Priyanka Chopra as a “global scam artist”, insisting she married Nick Jonas simply as a bid to further aid her own personal career, rather than through love. She made the statement in New York Magazine’s The Cut, a platform dedicated to style, culture and women.
“Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship,” she said, “against his will this past Saturday.”
All Nick wanted, she added, “was a possible fling with Hollywood’s latest It Woman, but instead he wound up staring straight at a life sentence with a global scam artist.”
New York Magazine has since deleted the article that insisted the musician was conned into a wedding after the actress’s excessive planning.
Jonas , former boyband star turned musician and now actor, was highlighted as a man who was married merely for business decisions only in the eyes of the Indian icon. The piece ended: “Nick, if you’re reading this, find that horse and gallop away as fast as you can!”
The 36-year-old actress married the 26-year-old singer in a lavish four-day ceremony in Rajasthan. Chopra said defiantly: “I don’t even want to react or comment [on the article]. It’s not even in my stratosphere. I’m in a happy place at this moment. These kind of random things can’t disturb it.”
After rising to prominence as Miss World pageant winner, it has been an uphill climb for Chopra, as she established herself as a major Bollywood star in 2015, and has since made the leap to the USA, where she headlined TV drama Quantico.
Jonas found fame as the younger sibling in boyband the Jonas Brothers, who skyrocketed to fame in 2007 through a variety of Disney Channel programmes. Since he has become a solo artist releasing his own album in 2016 and further since, an actor in films such as 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
The article immediately received major backlash from Indian readers, including high profile journalists and actors in Bollywood. Joe Jonas, older brother of Nick, and his fiancee Sophie turned their complaints on the “disgusting” depictions of their sister in law.
More than a week since the article’s release, Maria Smith has finally issued a formal apology:
“I want to sincerely apologise to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, and to the readers I offended and hurt with my words,” she wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “I do not condone racism, xenophobia, or sexism. I take full responsibility for what I wrote, and I was wrong. I am truly sorry.”
Whether the newlyweds will accept the apology is another matter.