AceShowbiz - Priyanka Chopra has gone candid about the significant impact of plastic surgery on her mental health. When making an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show", the "Citadel" actress admitted that a botched nose job had once sent her to "a dark phase."
During a chat with host Howard Stern in the Monday, May 1 episode of the show, the 40-year-old actress first dished the reason why she agreed to go under the knife. She explained that a doctor recommended her to undergo a surgery to get a polyp in her nasal cavity removed.
Unfortunately, the procedure did not go as the "Quantico" alum expected. Instead, it worsened her mental state. She explained, "It was a dark phase. This thing happens, and my face looks completely different, and I went into a deep, deep depression."
To make the matter worse, the wife of Nick Jonas went on to share that the failed surgery negatively impacted her acting career. She revealed that she was fired and could not film three different movies, leading her to think that her acting career "was over before it started."
Elsewhere in the interview, Priyanka expressed her gratitude to her late father Ashok Chopra for staying by her side and helping her get through the dark phase. When she was terrified to undergo corrective surgery, it was her father who told her, "I will be in the room with you." She added, "He held my hands through it and helped me build back my confidence."
Priyanka additionally revealed that Bollywood director Anil Sharma has also played a part in helping her build back her career. She explained, "I was supposed to play this lead, and I was shifted to a supporting character. That filmmaker was very kind. He - while the tide was against me - said, 'It will be a small part but give it your all.' And I did."
This was not the first time Priyanka opened up about her botched surgery. She has addressed it in her 2021 memoir titled "Unfinished". In it, she recounted, "Every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger looked back at me, and I didnt think my sense of self or my self-esteem would ever recover from the blow."
"Now when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised, I've made peace with this slightly different me," she continued. "I'm just like everyone else: I look at myself in the mirror and think maybe I can lose a little weight; I think maybe I can work out a little more. But I'm also content. This is my face. This is my body. I might be flawed, but I am me."