It seems that the ladies of Miss Universe are taking the side of the fallen queen.
In an interview with Missosology, Miss Germany Sarah Lorraine-Riek said she was saddened that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was robbed of her crown when host Steve Harvey made the mistake of announcing her and not Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach as the winner.
Gutierrez had already been crowned and was even waving at the cameras when Harvey stepped in front and said he had made a mistake in announcing the queen.
Miss Universe 2014 Pauline Vega, a fellow Colombian, had to remove the crown from Gutierrez on live television and place it on top of Wurtzbach’s head.
It was perhaps the most awkward Miss Universe in its history.
In the interview, Miss Germany was asked why she went to Gutierrez after Wurtzbach was crowned.
Riek said: “Because none of us vote[d] for Miss Philippines, I am so sorry to say that.”
She refused to elaborate on her answer.
Part of the final score would come from votes of their fellow pageant ladies.
“I really couldn’t believe it, I was so upset. For me (Miss Colombia was robbed) as the real winner. I was very happy for Miss Colombia because she really deserved it. I’m really not happy with the result and so are the other girls, I’m sorry to say it,” Riek said.
“We really like Colombia and we’re really happy for her,” Riek added.
In a statement on her Facebook page posted later on, Riek backtracked and said she is happy a Filipino of German descent won the crown.
She said she regrets that the previous interview was interpreted to show a brewing catfight within the pageant.
“Miss Universe Germany Sarah-Lorraine feels sorry for her colleague and friend Miss Colombia. This must have been the worst nightmare. She never intended to offend Miss Philippines in any way. She feels sorry for both girls. As well for Pia Miss Philippines that she didn’t have her real crowning moment,” Riek’s statement read.
“She is really sorry if the video suggests anything else than that. It’s an emotional roller coaster what happened yesterday in Las Vegas. She and all the other girls felt so sorry for Colombia at that moment. They could all imagine how this must feel. That’s not the final result moment what you wish for anyone. And also for Pia,” it added.
Riek said she is “very happy” a Filipino of German descent won as Miss Universe.
“She wishes Pia all the best for this year as Miss Universe 2015,” Riek said.
Wurtzbach’s trainer Jonas Antonio Gaffud also bared his fangs and said he had a foul encounter with Miss Germany.
Gaffud said Riek did “something bad” when she tried to deceive Gaffud into thinking Wurtzbach had left for New York.
“So surprised with Miss Germany. She did something bad to our group. Pia asked us to go to her suite as Miss Universe. While waiting for the go signal from security, she told us: ‘Are you looking for Miss Philippines? She’s no longer here, she’s on her way to New York!’,” Gaffud said in his Facebook status.
“Then we said, she just messaged us on Whatsapp. She answered, ‘how could she text you? She’s already in the plane. I saw her!’ Duh? How could she be there and say she saw Pia in the plane? Kaloka diba? Hahahaha. After a few minutes, we went to Pia’s wonderful room with buffet LOL,” Gaffud added.
Another video surfaced online of Gutierrez’s friends surrounding her in the aftermath of the controversy. Later, Wurtzbach tried to talk to Gutierrez while wearing her crown, but she was blocked off by the group.
When Wurtzbach had walked away, the girls around Gutierrez cheered “Colombia! Colombia!”
Wurtzbach tried to downplay the catfight and said perhaps it was not the right time to talk with the fallen queen.
“She was crying and then there was a crowd around her, the girls who were comforting her,” Wurtzbach said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I was actually very close to her already, but I decided that maybe it was bad timing to do it now — to apologize to her for what happened. So maybe I’ll do that in the future,” she added.