MANILA – For the first time, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach opened up about her relationship with Filipino-Swiss race car driver Marlon Stockinger.
“We are together,” Wurtzbach confirmed in a live interview with ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo on Monday. “I’m glad that I finally met somebody who’s very secure with himself and who understands my job, and who’s not afraid to let me have my moment such as right now, now that the competition is happening here.”
Wurtzbach, who is currently in Manila to take part in the Miss Universe pre-pageant activities, went on to note the many similarities between her and Stockinger.
Aside from being half-Filipinos, the two also grew up as Catholics.
“I’m also happy with the fact that he’s a Filipino and that he’s also a Catholic. I think we have a lot of things in common,” she said.
When asked about Stockinger’s best trait, Wurtzbach replied: “He’s very funny, like he’d always make me laugh. Hindi pilit ‘yung parang dahil gusto ko siya, natatawa lang ako.”
“He knows a lot of things about me that I probably shouldn’t tell other people, but he’s cool with it,” she added.
Wurtzbach also happily shared that her relationship with Stockinger is approved by the people important to her, including the Miss Universe Organization.
“Esther (Swan, her manager) approves, that’s the number one thing,” she said. “Paula (Shugart, Miss Universe president) likes him, Esther likes him, the Miss Universe Organization likes him. That’s a huge relief on my part because, whew, I don’t have to worry.”
It was in October last year when Stockinger admitted that he and Wurtzbach are seeing each other, but the race car driver maintained that they “want to keep it down low.”
The two have long been close to each other, even before Wurtzbach won the Miss Universe crown.