KEY POINTS

  • Mrs. Sri Lanka World 2021 Pushpika De Silva got injured when the crown was snatched from her head during the coronation
  • De Silva insisted that she's not divorced and challenged those who claimed such to provide her divorce script 
  • The title has since been returned to De Silva and the organizers asked former Mrs. World Caroline Jurie to apologize  

Mrs. Sri Lanka World winner Pushpika De Silva got candid after the crown was snatched from her head during the coronation over divorce claims.

In a footage shared by Colombo Gazette, De Silva looked happy when she was declared the winner of the beauty pageant. However, the previous winner, Caroline Jurie, interrupted the ceremony after De Silva was crowned the new Mrs. World.

"As for the Mrs. World Inc, there's a rule that you'll have to be married and not divorced," Jurie said. "So, I'm taking my first steps saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up."

Jurie then removed the crown from De Silva's head and put it on the runner-up's. De Silva walked out of stage while the ladies behind celebrated the runner-up's victory. De Silva addressed the issue in a post on Facebook and denied the claim that she was divorced, but she admitted that she has been separated from her husband.

"I'm not a divorced woman," she wrote. "I say with great responsibility that I am not a divorced woman even at this moment of writing. If I was divorced, I would dare them to submit my divorce script. I haven't hidden from the world that I'm with my child. I also have personal reasons to be that way. But, being apart is one. Divorce is something else. I'm still an un-divorced woman."

De Silva also stressed that if she wasn't fit for the title, then they could have removed her from the competition early on. She described the removal of the crown from her head in front of everyone insulting and claimed she was also injured when Jurie snatched the crown from her head.

"The pain of my skull when my crown was snatched from my head by the world married beauty queen, the pain I felt when I lost the crown is more than both '.. Mother's head is injured right..? Does it hurt mom?' I can't bear the pain I feel when my son listens," she added.

The pageant organizers confirmed that the title has since been returned to De Silva, E! News reported. In a press release shared on Facebook, the Mrs. Sri Lanka World organizers said they were "deeply disturbed and sincerely regret the behavior of our current title holder, Mrs. Caroline Jurie, Mrs. World 2020, at the crowning."

Mrs. Sri Lanka World Director Chandimal Jayasinghe has already requested Jurie to issue a personal statement apologizing for her conduct during the coronation.

Beauty Pageant “Miss Virtual Kazakhstan," finalist was disqualified by the organizers for hiding the fact that she was actually a man. In this photo, Anasah Arpon (L) receives the crown after winning the first prize in the Miss Philippino Domestic Worker beauty pageant held in Babel theatre in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Feb. 9, 2014. Photo: Getty Images/ ANWAR AMRO