“I found my boyfriend on Instagram,” reveals Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
She is, of course, talking about her current boyfriend, Filipino-Swiss car racer Marlon Stockinger.
The beauty queen-actress made the revelation in a You Tube video posted last December 2017.
Initially, the report on the two celebrities said that they had known each other for some time because of common friends.
But in the video, the 28-year-old beauty queen says she actually stalked Marlon on social media because, in her words, “I’ve always had a crush on this guy.”
She admits that it took a while before she broke the ice with Marlon through an exchange of direct messages.
Pia opened up on how her romance with Marlon began in a make-up tutorial video with online sensation and Filipino-American beauty expert Patrick Starrr, which was posted on YouTube last December 19, 2017.
Pia reveals that it was she who made the first move by liking Marlon’s Instagram posts.
“I just started liking a few pictures first, just to kinda knock on the door, like let him know, ‘I’m here.’ I’ve always had a crush on this guy,” says the Filipino-German endorser/model/actress.
She also says that she did this during her Miss Universe reign, when she was billeted by pageant organizers in a condominium in New York City.
Years before this, of course, she knew of Marlon.
“So I had a crush on him, like, few years ago. But at that time, I kept on losing at Miss Philippines [the pageant], and I was thinking, ‘He’s never gonna notice me.’”
Pia joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant three consecutive years (2013-2015), and managed to bag the major crown on her third attempt.
She went on to represent the Philippines in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, on December 20, 2015 (US time).
DOING THE FIRST MOVE. When she was in the US fulfilling her duties as Miss Universe, Pia says, she thought of Marlon out of the blue.
“After I won, for some reason I was on Instagram, and I was like, ‘I wonder where Marlon is... whatever happened to him?' and I looked for him on Instagram and I saw that he was single.
“And then I followed him and liked a few pictures. And he was online at the same time.”
Asked how she knew that Marlon was online at the time, Pia answers, “He told me that he was online when I started liking the photos, so that’s why he knew about it and he noticed it.
Pia also reveals that Marlon was not following her on Instagram at the time.
“He didn’t even know who I was, which is good, which is good... actually. He didn’t know.
She adds, “He knew that Philippines won at Miss Universe, but he didn’t know it was me.
“So, he had to scroll through my feed to look for it.”
It was then that Marlon found out for himself that Pia was Miss Universe that year.
On September 23, 2016, Pia posted a photo of her with Marlon while they were in New York.
News of their brewing romance began coming out.
The following month, Marlon confirmed that he and Pia were indeed seeing each other.
The 27-year-old F1 racer and Pia confirmed in January 2017 that they were a couple.