Wurtzbach stayed in a New York apartment with Jordan during the first half of her reign as Miss Universe, and Barber during the second half.
“I don’t know how I got so lucky to have our lives intersect how they did… but having you as roommate, sister-queen, role model and friend was the greatest blessing of my Miss USA experience. Thank you for always being authentically and unapologetically you. Thank you for showing me what it means to work hard and never give up on your dreams. Thank you for being a friend in one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs of my life,” Jordan wrote.
“You will always be my Miss Universe, but I am so pleased that you crowned another ‘confidently beautiful with a heart’ queen today, who I hope will continue your legacy of wearing the title with humility, strength and grace,” she added, referring to newly crowned Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France.
Verzosa competed with Wurtzbach in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 2015, but only made it to the Top 15. On her second try, she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International.