Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu has opened up about the struggles she had to endure recently after she arrived. Harnaaz, who was crowned Miss Universe at an event in Israel last December, was touring India earlier this year when comments about her changed appearance surfaced on social media. Read also| Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu Responds To Trolls For Weight Gain

Harnaaz broke her silence on these comments in April and revealed that she has also been diagnosed with celiac disease which prevents her from eating wheat flour and many other things. In a new interview, she shared how she felt bullied after hearing people’s opinions about her weight gain.

Harnaaz told People magazine about her weight gain: “Physically I’ve grown a little bit, put on more pounds and put on weight, which I’m totally comfortable with now. I was bullied for gaining weight.” Harnaaz also discussed the reasons behind her sudden weight gain after she won the pageant, revealing, “I was really focused on my goal (during the competition) and I was [not] thinking about my health. The whole time we were training, doing so many activities, and just after I won, I had almost a month to relax. During that time I wasn’t actually working, and I was just eating and just enjoying that time with my family. I never realized it would show up on my body.”

Talking about how the audience’s reaction to her weight gain affected her, Harnaaz said, “I’ve collapsed for sure so many times. Sometimes in the most unexpected times. I’m about to go on stage or something and this whole thing comes in my mind. It’s really sad.” Harnaaz also said she wasn’t feeling well when she gained a few pounds, after which the doctor discovered her allergy that she didn’t know she had.

Harnaaz will soon be seen on screen in the Punjabi film Bai Ji Kuttange, which marks her debut in the entertainment industry. She now faces legal issues related to the film as a producer and her co-star Upasana Singh has sued her for violating her contract for the promotions of the film.

(Inputs of PTI)

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