Nick Jonas On The Texas School Shooting As A New Father: ‘The Weight Of Everything Is Much More Intense’

Nick Jonas reveals that becoming a father has made “everything much more intense.”

Nick welcomed his first child Malti Marie with his wife Priyanka Chopra in January, and spoke with Variety at the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s “Big Fighters, Big Cause” charity boxing match on Wednesday. It was there that Jonas spoke on the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and how it affects him as a father.

“The weight of everything is much more intense,” he told the outlet.

“I think it’s now about trying to be as present as possible and as thoughtful as you can be for your family, but also for other people’s journeys. I’m so grateful for (Malti Marie) and the wonderful perspective of being a parent.”

Jonas had tweeted about the massacre of 19 children and two teachers being killed, on Wednesday. In addition, he also posted a link to a group called Moms Demand Action that works to end gun violence.

“As a father, as an uncle, I can’t not think about the kids and all the lives that were lost,” he said while speaking with Variety at the event. “I’m hoping for change to happen and we’ll see the end of this.”

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Jonas and Chopra, who married in December 2018, announced in a joint statement posted on Instagram in January how they had welcomed a daughter via surrogate. 

They wrote, “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.”

Earlier this month, the couple uploaded the first photo of Malti Marie Chopra Jonas to Instagram in honor of Mother’s Day.

“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,” they began the post.

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“After 100 plus days in the NICU, our little girl is finally home. Every family’s journey is unique and requires a certain level of faith, and while ours was a challenging few months, what becomes abundantly clear, in retrospect, is how precious and perfect every moment is.”

And on May 16, Jonas shared with TODAY how life with his wife and daughter is “beautiful.”

“She’s a gift and we’re just so blessed that she’s back,” Jonas shared, while also noting that each member of the Jonas Brothers band is now a girl dad.

“The Jonas family keeps growing,” he said. “My parents were thrilled. Grandparents of, now, four beautiful granddaughters.”

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