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During the interview, which was published on Thursday, Jonas admitted he first got down on one knee in front of the woman who would be his fiancee when he first met Chopra at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. The two had been texting for months prior to their first in-person encounter.
The singer said that he was at the bar when he noticed Chopra at the party. “I put my drink down, get on one knee — this is in front of a bunch of people — and I say, ‘You’re real. Where have you been all my life?’ Like, loud,” he recalled.
She added that she had a car waiting for her in order to catch a flight to India, though she told her manager that she wanted to stay five minutes longer to have a drink with Jonas.
The two detailed how their texting relationship began. Jonas initiated a conversation after talking about Chopra with mutual friend Graham Rogers, who starred on Quantico with her.
Jonas first reached out to her through a direct message on Twitter. Chopra quickly suggested that they text so that her team couldn’t read their messages. Jonas described their first messages as “friendly with an eye toward flirtation.”
The two later attended the 2017 Met Gala together as guests of Ralph Lauren. One week before the gala, the two met for drinks in New York, which led Chopra to invite Jonas to her apartment — despite the fact that her mother was there. Chopra noted that while they hung out for hours, the night did not end with a kiss. “There was a back pat,” she said. Jonas added, “She’s still upset about it.”
Jonas’ older brother Joe recalled how happy his brother was the night of the Met Gala. “I think she kind of knocked him off his feet. He was just this little puppy dog,” he said. “He’s sitting on the floor. And Sophie [Turner] and I were just laughing at him. We’re like, ‘Look at this little smitten, drunk kid right now.'”
The pair didn’t see each other for a year following the event and reconnected at the 2018 Met Gala. Jonas then invited Chopra to a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, where they met at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. “She walks into the Chateau, and I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and understanding about this next chapter of my life,” explained Jonas.
They attended a Dodgers game the next day, and the following morning Jonas told his mother on a phone call that he was going to marry Chopra. “This is date three,” she said.
Chopra shared the moment she felt a shift in their relationship was when the two were on a date and Jonas told her, “I love the way you look at the world. I love the drive you have.” She told Vogue, “As a girl, I’ve never had a guy tell me, ‘I like your ambition.’ It’s always been the opposite.”
Jonas proposed while the two were on vacation in Crete, Greece, to celebrate her birthday in July. “I got down on one knee, again, and I said, ‘Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?'” he said. “No joke — she took about 45 seconds, 45 seconds of silence.” Chopra explained that she was speechless. “I’m going to put this ring on your finger now unless you have any objections,” he said.
While the relationship has become a media spectacle in America — mostly due to the quick engagement and 10-year age gap — the attention is even more intense in Chopra’s home country of India. Jonas has commonly been referred to as “National Jiju” in the press, which translates to “sister’s husband.”
The couple also gave insight into their roka, a pre-wedding ceremony, which took place in August. “It was such an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions,” Chopra said. Jonas’ father, who is a pastor, said a prayer, while a Hindi priest led blessings. “Nick did the Hindu prayers. The prayers are in Sanskrit. Even I can’t say them. But he did it in Sanskrit. The Indians were so impressed with their National Jiju.”
Jonas and Chopra have already started mapping out their future and plan to have kids. “My ultimate dream is to have kids,” she said. “As many as I can.”
Before they start having children, though, the couple will have two wedding ceremonies. One will be a traditional Indian ceremony, while another will be a Christian service officiated by his father. Both will take place at a palace in Rajasthan over the course of three days.
“People will need vacations after this wedding,” joked Chopra. Jonas added that the tone of the wedding will feature “two very different cultures and religious backgrounds.”
Jonas will wear a customary turban and sword, and will ride in on a horse during the first ceremony. The pair will also walk around a fire seven times, which will represent the seven lifetimes they will spend together. Jonas noted that he believes they are already on their third lifetime together. “I’ll take seven more,” he said.
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