Even after being crowned Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach still wasn’t sure if she really was really the winner!
That’s because — like everyone watching at home — she thought Miss Colombia won Sunday night’s pageant after host Steve Harvey misread the results card!
The contestant from the Philippines was “confused” when she heard she was the actual winner after fellow contestant Ariadna Gutierrez was accidentally crowned Miss Universe during the live broadcast.
Backstage after the show, the 26-year-old spoke with ET to explain what went through her head during the awkward incident! She said:
“I wasn’t sure what was going on. I didn’t expect that to happen at all.”
After Harvey corrected his mistake, Wurtzbach said she was hesitant to go up when her name was called, afraid that it was another mistake — so she looked to the crew off stage for a signal to go up!
After being crowned, the real winner didn’t know how she felt about being the new Miss Universe until later in the night. She continued:
“I had to ask my [manager] many times like, ‘Did I really win? Am I really Miss Universe? Are you going to take the crown from me now?’ And they [said], ‘No, no, you’re really the winner.’ “
The winner wanted to reach out to Miss Colombia after she was de-crowned, but said she wasn’t able to, adding:
“She was crying and then there was a crowd around her, the girls who were comforting her. 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.”
As for the runner up herself, Gutierrez posted a graceful response video in which she explained that “everything happens for a reason.”
Check out the interview (below) to hear the full story!
[Image via ET.]