In case ya missed it, Priyanka Chopra just added published author to her miles-long list of achievements. The actress' first book Unfinished: A Memoir dives into parts of her life that are new to fans—including what should have been a minor nose surgery that ended up changing her face.
In the book, Priyanka explained she had a "pretty routine procedure" to remove a polyp in her nasal cavity in 2001. Unfortunately, it ended up being more complicated. "While shaving off the polyp, the doctor also accidentally shaved the bridge of my nose and the bridge collapsed," Priyanka wrote, via Entertainment Tonight. "When it was time to remove the bandages and the condition of my nose was revealed, Mom and I were horrified."
Priyanka said her "original nose was gone," adding, "My face looked completely different. I wasn't me anymore." She also explained that the botched surgery impacted her confidence since "every time I looked in the mirror, a stranger looked back at me. I didn't think my sense of self or my self-esteem would ever recover from the blow."
Priyanka has had to deal with tabloids speculating she got plastic surgery, and she has had to undergo multiple procedures to "normalize" her nose post-op. "While it took a few years... I've gotten accustomed to this face," she wrote. "Now when I look in the mirror, I am no longer surprised; I've made peace with this slightly different me. This is my face. This is my body. I might be flawed, but I am me."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.