ECONOMYNEXT – The de-crowned Mrs. Sri Lanka 2021, Pushpika de Silva has regained her title, but is set to sue her predecessor Caroline Jurie for instigating a ghastly fracas on the cat-walk.
De Silva who had her crown yanked off by Jurie at the Nelum Pokuna theatre on Sunday night was re-crowned at a simple ceremony at the Shanghri-La hotel on Tuesday evening in front of journalists.
She said she did not harbour a grudge against Jurie, the winner of the 2019 Mrs. Sri Lanka and the current Mrs. World, but her lawyers will take legal action over the public humiliation and injury to her scalp.
“I forgive everyone involved in this incident. God teaches us to love people, not to hate them,” she said, but added: “My legal advisers will take legal action about what happened to me.”
There was no immediate comment from Jurie, but organisers of the competition said they regretted her behavior and an investigation was underway as social media calls mounted for the California-based organization to strip her of her title as the reigning Mrs. World.
The local representative of the Mrs. World organization, Chandimal Jayasinghe, told reporters after making a police claim the clash saw mirrors and windows smashed backstage and insisted that Jurie should pay the damages.
De Silva warned her detractors that they could not stifle her career.
She denied that she was divorced as claimed by Jurie who declared that she was disqualified from the competition.
De Silva said she was a single mother who was estranged from her husband, but not divorced.
“Women like me who raising a child alone as a single mum undergo a lot of problems in Sri Lanka,” she said fighting back tears.
“This crown is not mine, this crown belongs to them (single mothers). If my victory can inspire and brighten the future of those women, that is the greatest satisfaction I will get.”
She disclosed that she had also dabbled in politics but failed to secure nominations from the SLPP to contest from Polonnaruwa district due to the intense competition there.
She had ambitions of entering parliament following the footsteps of the first woman to win the Mrs. World title Rosy Senanayake in 1984. (COLOMBO, April 7, 2021)