Priyanka Chopra broke her silence about an awkward encounter she recently shared with Rosie O’Donnell.
The 39-year-old performer had a run-in with the comedian, 59, at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, where she was mistaken for the daughter of author Deepak Chopra.
The comedian later made a public apology through a video that was shared to her TikTok account following the incident, and she was widely criticized for her choice of words in the clip.
Speaking up: Priyanka Chopra broke her silence about an awkward encounter she recently shared with Rosie O’Donnell; she is seen in 2021
Chopra responded to O’Donnell without referring to her by name through a message that was shared to her Instagram Story on Wednesday, and she began by expressing that she did not expect to be immediately recognized by the general public.
‘I have never taken myself so seriously to think everyone would know who I am, or my work for that matter,’ she said.
She then appeared to respond to the comedian’s video and offered a bit of criticism regarding her perceived shortcomings.
‘But if you wanted to make a public apology for a very awkward private encounter, I think probably best to take the time to google my name before doing it or even try to reach out directly,’ she continued.
Expressing her feelings: Chopra responded to O’Donnell without referring to her by name through a message that was shared to her Instagram Story on Wednesday, and she began by expressing that she did not expect to be immediately recognized by the general public
Chopra added: ‘We ALL deserve to be respected for our unique individuality and not to be referred to as ‘someone’ or ‘wife’ especially in a sincere apology.’
The performer went on to express that she would like to see future generations of people become more mindful of diversity-related issues.
‘If we can learn to respect our differences in an authentic way, the world we our children in, will be amazing,’ she wrote.
Chopra concluded by writing that her last name was more common than many people would think.
‘As I’ve said before, not all Chopra’s are related to the great Deepak, just as not all Smith’s are related to the legendary Will Smith,’ she wrote.
O’Donnell previously took to TikTok Sunday and explained how she and her party, including her son and his girlfriend, and friend Fran Drescher, were seated next to the couple at the luxe restaurant, which is a popular haunt for celebs.
She noted that she had ‘always assumed’ Priyanka, 39, was the daughter of the famed author and said as much when she was socializing with her.
The latest: O’Donnell apologized to Chopra and Nick Jonas, 29, for a verbal flub she made while running into the celeb couple at Nobu Malibu
‘So when I said, ‘Hi, Nick Jonas. You were great in Kingdom,’ and [to Priyanka,] ‘Hi, I know your dad.’ She goes, ‘You do? Who’s my dad?’ And I’m like, ‘Deepak.’ She’s like, ‘No, and Chopra is a common name.’ I felt so embarrassed.’
O’Donnell continued, ‘Nick Jonas, I apologize and to the Chopra wife, I apologize too.’
O’Donnell caught flak from TikTok users in the comment thread for calling Priyanka ‘the Chopra wife,’ which O’Donnell led to make another video on Monday apologizing for the botch.
‘So I’m reading the comments about my [exchange with] Nick Jonas and his wife, Priyanka Chopra, who I mistakenly thought was Deepak’s daughter,’ O’Donnell said.
The celebrity couple was snapped last November at The Fashion Awards in London
The talk show host detailed the embarrassing faux pas on the social media site
The entertainer said, ‘Sorry, sometimes I f*** up. I did at Nobu’
O’Donnell said that while ‘people thought that [Priyanka] was rude’ in her response, ‘She wasn’t rude, it was just awkward.
‘I’m sure she gets sick of that. I’m sure I’m not the only one. According to the comments, a lot of people thought that too but she’s apparently a very well-known actress and more famous than him, people were saying. So I’m sure it felt weird to her, to begin with.’
O’Donnell continued, ‘Anyway, Priyanka is her name. Priyanka – I hope I’m pronouncing that right.
‘I just want to apologize to her and to everyone who thought that it was really inappropriate of me. Sorry, sometimes I f*** up. I did at Nobu.’
The Quantico actress and Jonas, who wed in 2018, became parents last month in welcoming a baby via surrogate
Priyanka’s father Dr. Ashok Chopra died in June 2013 following a cancer battle.
The Quantico actress and Jonas, who wed in 2018, became parents last month in welcoming a baby via surrogate.
‘We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate,’ both said on Instagram in announcing the big news. ‘We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family.’
The couple issued a joint statement on Instagram announcing the big news