After an “awkward” run-in with Priyanka Chopra, Rosie O’Donnell made public apology over mistakenly thinking Deepak Chopra was her father.
Taking to her Instagram Story Priyanka acknowledged the incident on Wednesday and subsequently shared her “thoughts” in a statement writing, “I have never taken myself so seriously to think everyone would know who I am, or my work for that matter,” she wrote. “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.”
The Baywatch star continued, “We ALL deserve to be respected for our unique individuality and not be referred to as ‘someone’ or ‘wife’ especially in a sincere apology. If we can learn to respect our differences in an authentic way, the world we raise our children in, will be amazing.”
Priyanka also explained that her last name Chopra is common in her community, adding, “not all Chopra’s are related to the great Deepak, just as not all Smith’s are related to the legendary Will Smith.”
Rosie O’Donnell, her son and his girlfriend, as well as Fran Drescher, had been seated next to Priyanka and Nick, 29, during a recent visit to Nobu Malibu. While apologizing to the pair, O’Donnell also referred to Priyanka as “the Chopra wife,” instead of her name. After the Tik Tok apology many netizens took issue, slamming O’Donnell for not even referring to the actress by name.
The former talk show host then issued a second apology after being lambasted for the flub.
“People thought that she was rude. 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 said.
Nick Jonas later reposted Priyanka’s message to his own Instagram story. “Well said my love,” he wrote, and tagged Priyanka. To know more about the conversation that happened between Rosie O’Donnell and Priyanka Chopra at the restaurant read here.