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Priyanka Chopra says father’s death changed her relationship with God: ‘I flew him everywhere, went to every temple’

Priyanka Chopra has addressed the death of her father, Ashok Chopra, and how it changed her faith. She also spoke about how Christian, Islamic and Hindu influences made her into the person she is.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 21, 2021 9:35:53 am
Priyanka Chopra, nick jonas, priyanka chopra nick jonasPriyanka Chopra said her relationship with God changed a little bit around the death of her father. (Photo: Discovery+)

Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra has opened up about dealing with her father’s death in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey on the latter’s show Super Soul, adding that it changed her ‘relationship with God’.

Oprah asked PC when her faith was tested the most. She answered, “I think around the death of my dad. I was very angry. I was very angry. My relationship with God changed a little bit. But then at the same time, I feel like God helped me find salvation and come out of it too. But at that time, it was tested.”

She added, “Oh man, I went to every temple there was to go to. I did every prayer there was to do. I met every godman or godwoman I needed to meet, every doctor I needed to go to. I flew my dad to Singapore, New York, Europe, India, everywhere, just to do whatever I could to prolong his life. It’s such a helpless feeling.”

Oprah also asked Priyanka whether she had a “spiritual foundation” while growing up. The actor, in her reply, said, “In India it’s hard not to, you’re right. With the swirling number of religions that live in the country… I grew up in a convent school. So I was aware of Christianity. My dad used to sing in a mosque. I was aware of Islam. I grew up in a Hindu family. I was aware of that. Spirituality is such a large part of India that you can’t ignore it.”

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Priyanka, an international icon, added that she is a practicing Hindu and believes in a higher power. “I am a Hindu. I pray, I have a temple at my home, I do it as often as I can. But truly to me, I am a believer that a higher power does exist and I like to have faith in that,” she said.

Priyanka has, on many occasions, spoken about her close bond with her late father Ashok Chopra, who died in June 2013. Her tattoo on her right hand reading “Daddy’s lil girl”, is in her father’s handwriting.

In her memoirs, she writes of the deep depression she fell into after her father’s death. “Beyond those few conversations with my family, though, I never really examined or dealt with my grief. Instead, I tried to power through. I was doing my best to be resilient, but the fact is that I was burying my grief rather than coming to terms with it.” She said it took her a few years to come to terms with it. “I didn’t know exactly how to move from a world of grey back into a world of vibrant colour, but one day I figured out one simple thing I could do: I could stop hiding and reengage with life,” she writes.

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