Ariadna Gutierrez, Raul De Molina
Ariadna Gutiérrez (L) and Raúl De Molina attend Univision's 28th Edition of Premio Lo Nuestro A La Musica Latina on February 18, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For Univision Communications

Ariadna Gutiérrez has managed to successfully become more prominent that Miss Universe after Steve Harvey mistakenly named her the crown holder at the 2015 beauty pageant. Amid the controversy, Miss Colombia proved to be a good sport and won the hearts of Latinos and non-Latinos by gracefully accepting her runner-up title and handling the media.

However, with success comes a lot of sacrifice and recent reports suggest that the 22-year-old model could have chosen the crown over her love life. During a recent interview, former soccer player Gerardo Bedoya admits he was close to the actress prior to her pageant life and reveals why they relationship didn’t work out.

“She didn’t want any scandals, and neither did I, that’s why I stayed away, and a lot of people also wanted us to stay away, she had a boyfriend, and we were just friends,” Bedoya told Caracol TV’s “Se Dice de Mí.” The 40-year-old athlete added that he thought the beauty queen was “gorgeous” but confessed that the people she surrounded herself with advised her to “stay away from him because she didn’t want to have to deal with scandals.”

Bedoya has been previously labeled as a “player” by the Colombian media. He has been romantically linked to actress Lorna Paz, with whom he claims to have a very good relationship, and DirectTV’s host, Johanna Moreno. “Not everyone who goes out with me has to be my girlfriend,” the soccer star replied to the allegations.

The Colombian bombshell has yet to confirm or deny Bedoya’s declarations about the alleged relationship. However, she is ready to make her on screen debut next to Hollywood star Vin Diesel in the upcoming film, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” where she will also be sharing screen time with Nicky Jam, Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone, and Ruby Rose.

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