Nope, not even one bit. Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa confirmed through a Facebook Live video that she is 100% not Filipino.
Apparently, a rumor started somewhere in the depths of the internet that the 22-year-old Miss Universe’s family was from Siargao Island and has Filipino blood. We even saw a comment or two saying that they’re proud someone from their region is now Miss Universe 2017 or that they have the same blood because Demi-Leigh’s grandfather came from Mindoro.
From our perspective, whoever started the rumor that Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was Filipino was completely out of his or her mind.
Confirmed! Coming directly fr the newly crowned Ms Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh-Nel-Peters fr South Africa that she’s not a Filipina or of any Filipino heritage, contrary to reports, news & photos spreading that her family was from Siargao Island & has Filipino blood. #MissUniverse pic.twitter.com/i68WyY8s55
— Libius Cruz (@libiuscruz) November 28, 2017
In the video (starting at 9:08) a certain Danilo Macalalag humbly asked through the live comments section if the Miss Universe winner was half-Filipino saying that this info was big news in the country.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters seemed very amused at the question but denied all rumors that she had any Filipino heritage. She also revealed that she’s fifth-generation South African, and that other people of her ethnicity would most likely come from Europe. The confusion might have come from the fact that Rachel Peters, Miss Universe Philippines 2017, and her have the same surname.
Here’s Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ response to the rumors that she might be Filipino:
“Danilo, I am not Filipino at all. . . . I have no Filipino heritage whatsoever. I am fifth-generation South African and a lot of South Africans descend from Europe, from all over Europe, so I am 100% South African. So no, . . . I’m not Filipino, not even close. I think [they] got confused with Rachel and I that have the same surname – Rachel Peters from the Philippines. So I think people are confusing us a little bit but no.”
This live video was done while the new Miss Universe was travelling along New York on the way to the Empire State Building. She will be residing in the Big City until the next year.
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