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Priyanka Chopra Reflected On The Botched Nose Surgery That Sent Her Into A "Deep, Deep Depression" In The Early '00s

“This thing happens, and my face looks completely different, and I went into a deep, deep depression."

Priyanka Chopra reflected on the botched nasal surgery that could have ended her career in the '00s.

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra wearing a v-neck sequined dress and a diamond glass

For context, shortly after winning Miss World in 2000, Priyanka went to a doctor after having trouble breathing and a "lingering head cold." Said doctor found a polyp — aka a tissue growth — and suggested surgery.

Priyanka Chopra competing for Miss World

"While shaving off the polyp, the doctor also accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose, and the bridge collapsed," Priyanka wrote in her 2021 memoir. "When it was time to remove the bandages and the condition of my nose was revealed, Mom and I were horrified."

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra in a fringe-and-jeweled crop top

She subsequently went through a number of corrective procedures over the decades that passed. She previously appeared to deny having plastic surgery on her nose, attributing her changing look to makeup.

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra

In an interview with Howard Stern earlier this week, Priyanka was asked about the botched surgery. “It was a dark phase,” she began.

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra in a satin floor-length dress that sits off the shoulders

“This thing happens, and my face looks completely different, and I went into a deep, deep depression,” she continued, saying that she was fired from three different movies after the fact — leading her to believe that her career was "over before it started."

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra

It was her father, a doctor himself, who supported her in going for the constructive surgery. “I was terrified of that, but he was like, ‘I will be in the room with you,’” she said. “He held my hands through it and helped me build back my confidence.”

Closeup of Priyanka Chopra

You can read more about what Priyanka had to say here.

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