MANILA – Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez, who finished runner-up in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, likened her experience in the beauty competition to a nightmare.
Gutierrez was referring to the mistake committed by host Steve Harvey when he announced that she won when in fact, it was the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach who was the real Miss Universe.
Coming face to face with Harvey since the competition, Gutierrez recalled what was going through her mind when she saw the host back on stage after she was crowned.
“If you see the videos, I was laughing because I thought you were about to make a joke. I was like, ‘No, he’s gonna be again in the mood making people laugh and make some joke,’” she said.
“You have to know that I was talking great things about you the whole time during rehearsals. I was saying to everyone, ‘Oh my God, I love Steve Harvey.’ I really did that because we were laughing the whole time. We were really nervous about the question and answer moment. People were waiting for us to make mistakes. When you did that (make jokes), we were like, ‘Oh my God, thank God we have a host like this.’ And then your mistake. I was like, ‘Why am I talking good about you?’” Gutierrez added.
The Colombian beauty then shared how she dealt with the blunder.
“The only thing that I wanted to do was to be with my family and take a rest from everything that I went through. It took time because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Oh my God, it really happened. I was like a nightmare,” she said.
Gutierrez, however, assured Harvey that she is fine now.
“I was watching the videos and I couldn’t believe that happened to me. I needed time to be with my family to calm down, to think about what I’m going to say now, what I’m going to do now. I already moved on. This is our destiny, that’s why we are here,” she said.
Gutierrez also apologized for the negative reactions made by Colombians, which included burning the effigies of Harvey and Wurtzbach.
“I don’t feel proud about that because Colombians are not like that. We have to understand that people got angry because they felt like they got robbed of the crown,” she said. “They feel humiliated. It was so harsh to watch the show. That moment when I was waving my little Colombian flag, it was like really, really hard to watch it. I have to apologize for them because we are not like that.”
When asked by Harvey if she really filed a lawsuit against him, Gutierrez teased him and said: “Are you scared? I’m not going to take your mansion, your car. I never thought of suing you. That’s not me, that’s not who I am.”
Gutierrez, however, admitted to Harvey that a lot of lawyers reached out to her after what happened.