Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra shared intimate photos with their new baby daughter in time for Mother’s Day.
The couple, who welcomed baby girl Malti Marie earlier this year, revealed that the baby had to spend 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before coming home. The Jonas Brothers band member shared a statement along with the photo, which he posted to Instagram.
View this post on Instagram
“On this Mother’s Day we can’t help but reflect on these last few months and the rollercoaster we’ve been on, which we now know, so many people have also experienced. After 100 plus days in the NICU, our little girl is finally home,” Jonas wrote.
He went on to say how “every family’s journey is unique” and while they had a “challenging few months,” they were thrilled to finally have their baby safe at home. The “Only Human” singer also thanked the doctors and nurses who had been caring for his daughter during her long hospital stay.
The photo showed Chopra cradling the baby girl while Jonas held her little arm. The newborn’s face was hidden from the picture.
Chopra, 39, and Jonas, 29, announced on Instagram in January that their child was born via surrogate.
“We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family,” they both shared on their respective pages. No more details about the baby’s name or sex were given.
In a previous interview with Vanity Fair, Chopra discussed growing their family in the future but did not let on that her surrogate was already pregnant at the time. “[Babies are] a big part of our desire for the future,” the actress told the publication. “By God’s grace when it happens, it happens.”
The Daily Wire reported that there was some backlash in response to the news, in particular from critics of surrogacy and its prevalence in the Hollywood community.
Bangladeshi poet and novelist Taslima Nasreen reacted to the couple’s baby news by saying, “How do those mothers feel when they get their readymade babies through surrogacy? Do they have the same feelings for the babies like the mothers who give birth to the babies?”
When critics responded, Nasreen tried to defend her position.
“Surrogacy is possible because there are poor women,” she shared. “Rich people always want the existence of poverty in the society for their own interests. If you badly need to raise a child, adopt a homeless one. Children must inherit your traits—it is just a selfish narcissistic ego.”