Nick Jonas is embracing fatherhood but says “everything” is more intense since having his baby girl. Speaking with Variety, he opened up about life with his new daughter, Malti Marie, who he welcomed with wife Priyanka Chopra, and how it’s altered his view on world events.

“The weight of everything is much more intense,” he said. “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.”

The singer and actor had previously opened up about the couple’s journey to parenthood, writing a sweet tribute to his wife for 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,” the Quantico star wrote on Instagram. “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.”

“She’s a gift and we’re just so blessed that she’s back,” Jonas told TODAY in May, saying he (and his parents) are thrilled the family is getting larger. “The Jonas family keeps growing.”

Jonas also talked about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and how everything hits closer to home now that he’s a parent. “As a father, as an uncle, I can’t not think about the kids and all the lives that were lost,” he said in a tweet. “I’m hoping for change to happen and we’ll see the end of this.”

He also tweeted about the massacre in Texas where 19 children and two teachers were killed, sharing a link to Moms Demand Action, a group dedicated to ending gun violence.

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