MANILA, Philippines – A Filipina businesswoman who earlier accused Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach of reneging on their agreement has apologized on Monday; saying the controversy was just a ‘misunderstanding’.
Last week, Brunei-based businesswoman Kathelyn Dupaya claimed to have paid for the Brunei trip of Wurtzbach, her boyfriend Marlon Stockinger, and her family; allegedly upon the beauty queen’s request.
Dupaya said she did not ask anything from Wurtzbach except to grace the soft opening of her spa but she failed to show up. She also accused Wurtzbach of spreading lies about her.
Last Friday, Wurtzbach’s mentor Jonas Gaffud posted a status on Facebook urging the public not to believe the “news about whatever happened in Brunei”; saying they will release a statement soon and they are prepared to answer the allegations.
On Monday, it seems that all’s well between Dupaya and Wurtzbach’s camp and the issue appears to have been settled.
Dupaya said on an Instagram post that Gaffud explained everything to her. She also apologized to Wurtzbach for causing her trouble.
“I am so sorry po kung ano nasabi ko kasi sobra akong nasaktan and I believe nasaktan din si Pia,” the businesswoman wrote.
[I am so sorry for what I’ve said because I was deeply hurt, and so was Pia.]
In an update on Facebook, Gaffud released this official statement from Mercator; finally closing the issue:
“I thank Kathy for clarifying the issues she raised against Pia, and for apologizing for what she has done. Clearly, what happened was misunderstanding as she never heard Pia talk bad about anything. Pia is thankful for the hospitality that Kathy provided during her private vacation in Brunei.”
“As her manager, I was prepared to answer Kathy’s claims, but she reached out to clarify her issues. Communication is really important to settle conflicts and prevent misunderstanding.”
“We learn from mistakes, however, and I hope what happened will serve as a lesson for artists, talents, managers and producers to formalize arrangements in order to avoid confusion and any problem.”
“Meanwhile, Pia is focused on her career, and watch out for her next endorsement later today, even as she continues to promote her advocacies on anti-bullying, HIV/AIDS awareness and helping an organization send kids to school. In the next days, she will start to play a big role in these efforts.”