Pia Wurtzbach started off her first day as the reigning Miss Universe in an interview with the show “Good Morning America” on Monday, Philippine time.
In the interview, Wurtzbach was asked about the question boggling everyone’s mind after the Miss Universe mix-up when host Steve Harvey erroneously crowned the wrong queen – Is Wurtzbach willing to share the crown with the humiliated Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez?
In a previous interview with the Colombia’s W Radio, Gutierrez said that it was humiliating for her to be crowned on live television only to be decrowned after just a couple of minutes.
“It was very humiliating for me, but also for the whole country and for all the people not only from Colombia but the other Latinos that were in the auditorium,” Ariadna Gutierrez said in an interview with Colombia’s W Radio, according to the Latin Times.
Asked how she feels about the proposal of Donald Trump (who previously owned the Miss Universe organization before selling it) that they should share the crown, Miss Colombia actually agreed to it, according to the interview.
Wurtzbach immediately nixed the idea.
“I think it would be a little bit difficult for two girls to share a crown,” Wurtzbach said in the Good Morning America interview with host Lara Spencer.
But she said she hopes the mix-up may serve as a lesson for both her and Gutierrez.
“I have high hopes that this will give great opportunities for me and Miss Colombia and the rest of the contestants,” Wurtzbach said.
She said she reached out to Gutierrez on her birthday, Dec. 25, Christmas, and was told the beleaguered Miss Colombia seems to be doing fine.
“I did greet her on her birthday which also happened to be Christmas Day. I was able to ask her how she’s doing. She seems okay. I understand how she feels. I’m also concerned with her,” Wurtzbach said.
“She’s a beautiful, young lady, very talented. I think she has a lot of other opportunities. She’ll do very well, I’m sure.”
Wurtzbach said she understands the angry reactions from the Colombians who saw their queen fall.
She said had she been wrongly crowned and not Miss Colombia, the Filipinos would have made the same reaction.
“I understand how they feel because of course they want their bet to win. That’s completely understandable. If that was the other way around, I’m sure the Filipinos would also feel a little bit disappointed with the results,” Wurtzbach said.
Wurtzbach said she was excited to finally win the most coveted crown in the pageant world, saying it took her three attempts to finally wear the sash as Miss Philippines.
Asked how it feels to wear the crown, Wurtzbach said: “It’s a little bit heavy, but I’m not complaining!”
Watch the video below, uploaded on Facebook by Wurtzbach’s fan page.
The Miss Universe is the most coveted crown in the pageant world, and the most followed by fans from the Philippine LGBT community.