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Miss Germany backtracks, apologizes to Pia Wurtzbach
INQUIRER.net / 02:11 PM December 22, 2015
After saying that she was unhappy with the victory of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Germany Sarah Lorraine Riek has issued an apology to the Filipina beauty queen.
In a statement issued by the Miss Universe Germany Facebook page on Tuesday, it was said that she feels sorry for Wurtzbach and Miss Universe first runner-up and Colombia’s bet Ariadna Gutierrez.
Riek’s camp said that the German beauty did not intend to offend Wurtzbach “in any way.”
“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,” the statement read.
In an interview with Missosology correspondent Natalia Cruz hours after the coronation, Riek said that she was not happy with the results as “none voted for Philippines.”
“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,” the statement added.
In the end, Riek is said to be “very happy” with a half-German winning the crown.
“She wishes Pia all the best for this year as Miss Universe 2015,” the statement ended.
In the Missosology video, Riek cried foul and said that Gutierrez was robbed of the crown. She drew flak for her statement from netizens.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was so upset because, for me, she was robbed…I was very happy for Colombia, actually. she really deserved it. But I’m very unhappy with the result and so were the other girls, I’m very sorry to say it,” Riek told Cruz.
The coronation night of the pageant became controversial after host Steve Harvey incorrectly declared Gutierrez as the winner. Minutes after his botched announcement, he apologized. AJH