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Priyanka Chopra shares she spent 10 days in hospital after work crisis

The Citadel star, who raises baby Malti with husband Nick Jones, discussed the intense time in her life in a new interview

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Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
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Priyanka Chopra is one of Hollywood's busiest stars, most recently appearing in spy thriller Citadel, but she revealed her strong work ethic landed her in trouble earlier in her career.

The Love Again actress shared that when she was just starting out, working extremely hard was "romanticized," leading her to work with no break for a decade.

"I didn't take my first break until at least 10 years in," she said. "I was like, 'I'm going to do five movies a year, I'm going to work the hardest, I don't need to sleep, I don't need to eat,' until I ended up in hospital for 10 days."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 01: Priyanka Chopra Jonas attends The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)© Mike Coppola
Priyanka Chopra worked too hard in her early years

"We have to forgive ourselves sometimes for not being able to keep up. We have to take time to say, 'I'm sorry, I need a moment.'"

Priyanka spent further time in hospital in January 2022, when her daughter Malti was born prematurely, and had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for 110 days.

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Malti was born a full trimester early, which had been termed "extremely premature" and Priyanka detailed the days they'd spent at the hospital.

"I was in the OR [operating room] when she came out. She was so small, smaller than my hand," she explained to British Vogue.

Priyanka Chopra and her daughter Malti© Instagram
Malti spent 110 days in hospital when she was born

"We spent every single day with her on my chest, on my husband's chest. I didn't know if she would make it or not," she recounted, describing their daily journeys to the NICU in hospitals near Los Angeles.

"I realized very, very early that I did not have the luxury to be scared or to be weak, because she was scared and weak," Priyanka told Today.

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"I had to be her strength as her mom. I needed to make her feel at every given moment that she's not alone, that we've got her."

Malti was eventually discharged from the hospital in May 2022, but the battle wasn't over.

Priyanka Chopra with her daughter Malti in traditional dress© Instagram
Priyanka was nervous when Malti first came home from hospital

"I couldn't sleep for days, because now suddenly she was home without a monitor.

"I used to put my ear on her chest. I would wake up every couple of minutes just to see if she was OK," Priyanka says. "For weeks, this went on."

Malti is now a thriving toddler, with her mother sharing regular photos of the adorable tot on Instagram. Watch the video below to see Malti's first public appearance with her parents - be warned, it's very cute.

WATCH: Malti Jonas' first public appearance with her parents

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