Strange things about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's relationship

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra surprised everyone when they started dating in May 2018. And months later, people were shocked yet again to learn that the former Disney Channel darling and the Quantico actress were engaged to be married! After all, they had only just begun going out! But while some former Jonas Brothers fans have likely remained shaken by their past teen idol getting taken off the market, others are surely intrigued by this celebrity couple. And that's super understandable, especially when you consider all of the seriously strange details about about the A-list pair's romance.

From the questionable conception of Jonas and Chopra's intimate relationship to their significant age difference — not to mention Jonas' history dating older women — there are definitely a lot of things about this couple that raise eyebrows. Keep reading to learn all the oddest things about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's May-December love affair.

Did they have a fling?

Unlike most celeb couples, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra made their grand red carpet debut together before they were even romantically involved. Or at least, that's what they claim. On May 1, 2017, Jonas and Chopra walked the Met Gala's red carpet together, showing off their designer duds for the cameras as they posed side by side. But the two weren't even dating at the time, as Chopra insisted to late-night TV's Jimmy Kimmel. When asked by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host if she was dating Jonas, Chopra denied she was, saying, "We were both wearing Ralph Lauren. We decided to go together because it was fun."

Still, it seems awfully suspicious that Jonas and Chopra would attend fashion's biggest night of the year together as two single friends — especially since they'd never gone to an event together before. So, could Jonas and Chopra have actually been hooking up at that time? Well, considering how Chopra giggled her way through Kimmel's interview, we'd bet that there was something more going on between Jonas and Chopra than friendship. But, of course, we just won't know for sure unless the two speak out about their romantic beginnings themselves.

They moved at lightning speed

Nearly one year to the date after the pair's 2017 Met Gala red carpet rendezvous, Jonas and Chopra are said to have started dating. At the time, Us Weekly reported that the two celebs had just started their relationship, though things were looking good for their future. "They are dating and it's brand new," a source told the magazine. "It's a good match and they are both interested in each other."

Not long afterwards, Jonas and Chopra hit some major relationship milestones when they met one another's families. In June 2018, Jonas brought the Baywatch star with him to his cousin's New Jersey wedding, where he introduced her to his family (via TMZ). "It's a huge deal that Nick brought Priyanka to his cousin's wedding," a source close to Jonas shared with People. "He's dated a lot over the last couple years but it's never been anything serious, so this is a big step."

Weeks later, Chopra invited Jonas along with her to India and the two grabbed dinner with her mother, Madhu (via People). Clearly, things heated up quickly for the celebrity pair — and that wasn't all that happened. In late July 2018, Jonas and Chopra were reported to have gotten engaged. Clearly these two have no trouble moving fast, and there's no sign that they'll be slowing down anytime soon.

There's a mighty big age gap between them

While Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra seem perfect for one another — they both appear to be likeable, genuine people in the entertainment biz — their romance was definitely unexpected. Why? Well, there's a ten-year age difference between the two. At the time of their engagement, Chopra was 36 years old to Jonas' 25. To put that into perspective, Jonas was just a 10-year-old in middle school when Chopra made her big-screen acting debut in the Indian drama Thamizhan.

But, of course, Jonas wouldn't be out of touch with the world of entertainment for long. A few years later, he and his older brothers, Kevin and Joe, would become internationally known as the Jonas Brothers and would appear on the Disney Channel in the hit original movie Camp Rock and their own scripted show Jonas. As fans already know, more acting roles and a thriving solo music career followed.

It's entirely possible that Nick Jonas' early career success may have helped him mature faster than most people in his age group, making him the perfect match for Chopra. And, considering his dating history, that certainly seems to be the case…

Does Jonas have a thing for older women?

Looking back at Nick Jonas' past, it seems clear that he quickly grew tired of dating women his own age. Following short-lived relationships with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez — his fellow Disney Channel stars — Jonas pursued a couple famous women who were notably older than him. In 2011, Jonas dated Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who is eight years his senior. The two obviously didn't work out in the end, and they split after ten months together (via the Daily Mail).

Then in September 2015, Jonas got together with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star Kate Hudson, whom he later described as "incredible." Jonas and Hudson, who was older than the actor-singer by 14 years, reportedly only had a quick fling, but it was enough to leave a lasting impression on the "Jealous" singer. Speaking with Complex in 2016, Jonas shared, "We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that's beautiful."

So, does Jonas like the older ladies? Well, according to one insider's report to Us Weekly, Jonas just "loves women who are mature like him," which "usually means he dates a little outside of his age bracket." Hey — as long as both Jonas and Chopra are okay with their age difference, what does it matter? It's just a number after all.

Chopra's ties to royalty

As could be expected by such a high-profile pair, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have major ties to some big-name celebrities. But we're not just talking about Jonas' BFF Demi Lovato. We're actually talking about Chopra's friendship with former Suits actress and the Duchess of Sussex herself Meghan Markle. That's right — Chopra and Markle are super close! Chopra even attended Markle's highly anticipated royal wedding to Prince Harry.

So, given Chopra's connection to the royal family, should we expect to see Jonas hanging out with Harry on a regular basis? Well, maybe the two won't be partying it up often, but they have already spent some time together. In fact, the very same week that Jonas proposed to Chopra, the pair had visited Markle and her husband at their home in Oxfordshire, England. And, according to E! News, Markle totally approves of her pal's choice in men, as a source told the celebrity news publication that Markle is "very excited" about Jonas and Chopra's engagement.

A birthday surprise

Speaking of their engagement, Nick Jonas reportedly asked Priyanka Chopra to marry him while the two were vacationing in London (via People). And, while some couples get engaged on a special date — like, say, an anniversary — Jonas had the unusual idea to pop the question to his beloved on her birthday. Yep, that's right: Jonas proposed to Chopra while the two were celebrating her 36th birthday.

But, from what we can tell, Jonas didn't just ask for Chopra's hand in marriage on her birthday to make the most of their good time. He'd apparently been planning to propose for a while, as he reportedly closed down a Tiffany & Co. jewelry store to pick out the perfect ring for his future wife. And though, at the time of this writing, Chopra has not yet released details about her engagement ring, we bet that sparkler was one heck of a birthday present.

Still, we can't help but wonder why Jonas got down on bended knee around the time of the actress' birthday. Couldn't he find time in his busy schedule to propose on another day? And what if she had said no? That would've been one bummer of a birthday.

A Bollywood director leaked the news

While most people may worry about family members and future in-laws oversharing about their personal lives, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra apparently had a Bollywood director to watch out for. On July 26, 2018, one day before news of the couple's engagement made headlines, Ali Abbas Zafar, an Indian film director who's worked on projects like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, took to Twitter to blab the news about Chopra's engagement to Jonas.

Announcing that Chopra would no longer be appearing in his film Bharat, Zafar tweeted out, "Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of @Bharat_TheFilm & and the reason is very very special." Growing more obvious by the second, Zafar added, "She told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her … Team Bharat wishes @priyankachopra loads of love & happiness for life." Just in the "Nick" of time, huh?

While he didn't flat-out share that Jonas and Chopra were engaged, he definitely hinted at their big news and may have led news outlets do some digging about the couple's relationship. For shame, Zafar.