Friends, family and fans reacted with outrage and disbelief after New York Magazine’s The Cut published an article titled, “Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Love for Real?” The critical, skeptical piece has since been taken down, with apologies from the editors, but not before it ricocheted across the internet.
The piece referred to Priyanka, 36, as a “global scam artist.” The pair have spent the past week celebrating their marriage and love in various Hindu and Christian ceremonies; they also granted several interviews to prominent outlets such as Vogue and People, and shared photographs and video of their celebrations. While most people embraced the sharing, others saw it as a publicity grab.
"At times, marriage can be a beautifully wonderful union that warms even the coldest of hearts, but sadly, this union evokes no such feeling," the post read, according to screenshots of the piece captured and published on social media. "All Nick wanted 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."
The piece concluded: "Nick, if you're reading this, find that horse and gallop away as fast you can!"
The 26-year-old Nick’s older brother Joe condemned the piece, tweeting, sneaking in a reference to Ariana Grande's latest hit in the process: "This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next."
Joe’s fiancé, and one of Priyanka’s pals and bridesmaids concurred. Sophie Turner tweeted: "This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bulls–t."
As many critics pointed out, both Priyanka and Nick had established, global careers before they even met, and to imply that Priyanka was using Nick for a leg up in Hollywood seems churlish at best, and as several fans shared on social media, “racist” at it’s worst.