Pia Wurtzbach apologizes for comment on wanting a gay child

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach clarified she "meant no disrespect at all" to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community when she said she wants a gay child who would take care of her.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the beauty queen and actress said she was shocked to see comments over her statement and is "sorry for the misunderstanding."

"Please don't misinterpret what I said. I have high regards for the LGBT. It was just a fun interview, guys! (I) meant no disrespect at all," said Wurtzbach.

 

"Na-misinterpret lang po [It was just misinterpreted]. [I] meant no malice at all. I didn't mean to offend anyone," she added.

 

On Monday, Wurtzbach said on the television show, "Tonight With Boy Abunda," she wants a gay child in the future.

"Gusto kong ma-experience 'yung merong excited na bihisan ako, ayusan ako, alagaan ko. Parang magiging bestfriend ko," she said.

[Translation: I want to experience having someone dress me up, do my makeup, take care of me. They can be like my best friend.]

She clarified during the interview this did not mean that straight children do not take care of their parents.

Netizens, however, expressed disappointment over her statement. They said her reason for wanting a gay child perpetuated gender stereotypes.

 

They said Wurtzbach only wants a child would be able to take care of her.

 

Some, however, also defended the beauty queen. They said it was counterproductive to bash her for every mistake.

Wurtzbach, an HIV awareness advocate who has voiced support for the LGBT community, said she will treat the incident as a learning experience. 

"Lesson learned: always always be cautious with what you say!" she said.