Just when the furore around Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding festivities had died down, Chopra put the couple’s nuptials firmly back on the celebrity agenda. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on his Tonight Show, the newlywed shared the thought process behind why she had chosen to take her husband’s name.
“The gravity of it, it’s like a big deal! I didn’t realise it was that much of a big deal until I did it,” Chopra told Fallon about updating her social media accounts with her new name: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, following the wedding. “I always wanted to add his name to mine because I feel, like, you know, we’re becoming family, and I’m a little traditional and old school like that… But I don’t take away my identity. He gets added to who I am.”
Chopra joins the likes of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Kim Kardashian West by fusing her surname with her husband’s, and, indeed, a report by UK Deed Poll shows that this is becoming a more common choice between couples.
Despite the Chopra Jonas’s extended, lavish wedding festivities that generated numerous column inches, Chopra revealed that the pair hadn’t originally planned a big wedding. “I wanted to get married on some private island, away from everything, and we were really stressed out about it,” Chopra told Fallon. “We thought Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, but nothing was working out.” Instead, Chopra and Jonas combined their heritages during a series of celebrations in Chopra’s native India. As Team Bride and Team Groom played cricket, performed the ritual of applying henna and staged a dance-off, the marriage of two families – as well as two people – seemed to mirror the symbolism of combining their names.