Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez broke her silence Tuesday after the Miss Universe crown was literally removed from her head Sunday. Host Steve Harvey incorrectly announced she was the winner, when, in fact, it was Miss Philippines (Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach) who was the victor.
The runner-up, 21, took to Instagram Tuesday after the shock wore off. "I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength,” Gutiérrez wrote. She penned one post in Spanish and another in English.
She said it was her “destiny” to be crowned, if only for a few minutes. “I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes,” Gutiérrez wrote. “Today because of that COLOMBIA and the LATIN COMMUNITY are being talked about in every corner of the world.”
The beauty queen sent her best wishes to Wurtzbach. “I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe,” Gutiérrez said. “The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible.”
She finished her post by saying she looks forward to why Harvey made his infamous gaffe: “Life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your LOVE SUPPORT and KINDNESS.”
Harvey has already expressed his sincere apologies since the blunder. “ I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible,” he wrote Sunday. “I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing. ”
Harvey reportedly wants redemption and to host the 2016 Miss Universe pageant, Hollywood Life reported Tuesday. “He wants a chance to redeem himself. He can’t go out like this and wants a Miss Universe do-over,” an insider said. “He desperately wants to host the pageant again so he can restore integrity to his name and pride in the pageant.”
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