Watch Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Cry Backstage While Being Crowned And Given Sash

One can only imagine what was going through Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach’s mind — let alone how she felt — when it was announced that she was the true winner of Miss Universe 2015. After all, it’s not everyday that you get to be crowned Miss Universe 2015 after already being called first runner-up that same night.

Of course, Wurtzbach was emotional about it. After the embarrassing and awkward exchange onstage with Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, Wurtzbach was pulled aside backstage where she was properly adorned with the Miss Universe 2015 crown and sash. It was backstage where her strong and composed facade began to crumble.

Video footage shows Wurtzbach having staff pin the Miss Universe 2015 sash and crown on her, and just a few moments later, she is seen covering her face, crying as she is overcome with emotion. Who can blame her? It was quite the whirlwind coronation, yet in the end, Wurtzbach managed to snag the Miss Universe 2015 title — though the circumstances were a little more than ordinary.

“I was confused. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” said Wurtzbach, speaking to Entertainment Tonight. “I didn’t expect that to happen at all.”

When the mix up was revealed, Wurtzbach was hesitant to walk up to the center in fear that it might have been yet another mistake. What if she wasn’t Miss Universe 2015 after all, and host Steve Harvey was just confused again? Wurtzbach turned to staff and crew off stage for some guidance, yet apparently “even they were confused.”

Upon being crowned Miss Universe 2015, Wurtzbach shared she felt unsure of her win. “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?’” she said. “And they [said], ‘No, no, you’re really the winner.’”

Despite the confusing win, Wurtzbach couldn’t help but think of Gutierrez. “She was crying and then there was a crowd around her, the girls who were comforting her,” Wurtzbach began. “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.”

Read Also: Miss Universe Winner 2015 Not Miss Philippines? 5 Reasons Why Mix-Up Might Be A Cover-Up

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