Despite Jonas's attempt to reach Chopra through her Twitter DMs in 2016, the two didn't officially meet until early 2017, although they did exchange texts for six months before meeting up. At that time, they were spotted together on multiple occasions, including at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty.
During an interview on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast in March 2023, Chopra revealed the reason she was hesitant to connect with Jonas right away. She said, "I was in a tumultuous relationship at that time — this is . We had common friends who didn't want me to be in my relationship and were like, 'Oh, he's single, too. He's really not with that girl but he is.' It was complicated on both our ends."
Chopra further explained: "When Nick texted me in like  and slid into my DMs and we started chatting, I was at the end of my last long relationship before Nick. So, I didn't want to engage as much at that time. I was also like 35. Nick was 25. I really put a stop on it in a way because I judged the book by the cover. I was like, 'I wanna settle down. I've been there, done the fun dating thing.'"
In May 2017, they attended the Met Gala together, but according to Chopra, nothing romantic was going on between her and Jonas at the time. In fact, she told Jimmy Kimmel that they were bonded by the fashion designer who dressed them both. "We were both wearing Ralph Lauren, and we decided to go together," she shared. "We were on the same table and we already knew each other. So, he was like, 'Hey, you wanna go together?' And I was like, 'Yeah, OK, let's go together.' It ended up working out."