MANILA -- Pia Wurtzbach hopes that people will stop comparing her to fellow Miss Universe titleholder Catriona Gray.
The beauty queen made the statement in an interview with the Titas of Pageantry blog on Thursday, maintaining that there was never any competition between them.
"Those things na nako-compare kami, those things are still happening now, and I wish that it would stop, actually," Wurtzbach said when asked about the issue. "Kasi I don't want things to become weird. I don't want things to become awkward. Nagre-reach out naman ako, eh. I just want to be good with everyone."
"Actually sa amin [ni Catriona] wala namang problema," she stressed. "It's more of the people trying to make us fight, or the fans fighting each other. Huwag na, huwag na."
Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe in 2015, ending a 42-year title drought for the Philippines.
In 2018, Gray won the same pageant for the country.
When asked if she ever felt "threatened" by Gray's Miss Universe win after just three years, Wurtzbach replied: "Wala sa isip ko 'yan... It's more of other people telling me that."
"Iba na 'yung focus ko ngayon. Tapos na 'yung reign ko. Hindi nga kami magkasunod, [at] tapos na ako," she stressed.
Wurtzbach admitted, however, that she felt hurt that some people thought she was the type of person who would wish ill upon others.
"It used to hurt me a lot before. What used to hurt me a lot was people used to think that I don't like her (Gray) or I wished she didn't win, ganyan. That hurt me kasi I felt like it was an attack on my character," she said.
"Iba 'yung kapag tinawag akong pangit eh. Pero kapag 'yung sinabi niyo na masama akong tao tapos nagwi-wish ako ng misfortune sa iba, sa akin masakit 'yun. Nahu-hurt ako," she added.