Priyanka Chopra Opened Up About Racist Bullying She Experienced In High School
"Deep inside, it starts gnawing at you."
Priyanka Chopra is getting candid about the racist bullying she experienced as a teen.
In an interview with People, she recalled the discrimination she faced while attending an American high school when she was 15 years old, which she also detailed in her upcoming memoir, Unfinished. The bullying got to the extent that Chopra eventually went back to India to finish her schooling.
"I took it very personally. Deep inside, it starts gnawing at you," she told People. "I went into a shell. I was like, 'Don't look at me. I just want to be invisible.' My confidence was stripped. I've always considered myself a confident person, but I was very unsure of where I stood, of who I was."
In excerpts of her book obtained by People, Chopra wrote that other teenage girls would yell insults like, "Brownie, go back to your country!" and "Go back on the elephant you came on" as she walked down the hall at her high school in Newton, Massachusetts.
"I don't even blame the city, honestly. I just think it was girls who, at that age, just want to say something that'll hurt," she said. "Now, at the other side of 35, I can say that it probably comes from a place of them being insecure. But at that time, I took it very personally."
Eventually, Chopra "broke up with America" and went back to India, which she said "healed" her. Just a few years later, at the age of 18, Chopra became Miss World at the 2000 pageant.
"In America, I was trying not to be different. Right? I was trying to fit in and I wanted to be invisible," she said. "When I went to India, I chose to be different."