Exclusive: Carrie Prejean Says 'God Was Testing My Faith' With Gay Marriage Question
Carrie Prejean is the most famous runner-up in Miss USA history.
In an exclusive interview with FOXNews.com's Courtney Friel, Miss California says her phone has been ringing off the hook with people offering her support after she took on a question about gay marriage on Sunday night's Miss USA telecast.
"I have no regrets about answering [judge Perez Hilton] honestly," she said in one of her first interviews following the show, where she answered that she was against gay marriage becoming legal in California. "He asked me for my opinion and I gave it to him. I have nothing against gay people and I didn't mean to offend anyone in my answer."
In her interview, Prejean talks about being "tested" by God, the outpouring of support, and the first thing she and her family did after the show. (Hint, it involves ketchup and mustard.)
FOXNews.com: How are you feeling today?
Carrie Prejean: Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I'm glad I stayed true to myself.
FOXNews.com: Have a lot of people been trying to get in touch with you?
Carrie Prejean: Yes, lots of phone calls. I've gotten over 500 facebook friend requests, hundreds of messages from people I don’t know, saying how proud of me they are that I stood my ground. That made me the real winner of the night.
FOXNews.com: Did your stomach sink when you first heard you picked Perez Hilton's question?
Carrie Prejean: I had a gut feeling. I knew he was controversial, and so was the question. Out of all the topics I studied up on, I dreaded that one, I prayed I would not be asked about gay marriage. If I had any other question, I know I would have won.
FOXNews.com: Did you think right away your answer may have killed your chances of winning?
Carrie Prejean: Yeah, I thought I was going to be 4th runner up for sure. I was surprised I made it to first runner up!
FOXNews.com: Before "the question," did you think you would win Miss USA?
Carrie Prejean: There was a lot of talk about me, people saying I was the frontrunner. During the whole two-week experience leading up to the pageant, I was very confident and relaxed. Not too nervous.
FOXNews.com: Were you sad you didn't win? Did you go to the party afterwards, or go home and cry?
Carrie Prejean: No, I got together with my family. I ate my first hamburger in a long time!
FOXNews.com: Has the Miss Universe organization contacted you at all? What about your Miss California USA directors?
Carrie Prejean: I haven't been told anything. I didn't even see the Miss California directors after the pageant.
FOXNews.com: Are you upset that Perez Hilton called you a "b**ch" in his blog rant?
Carrie Prejean: Yes, but I have no regrets about answering honestly. He asked me for my opinion and I gave it to him. I have nothing against gay people, and I didn't mean to offend anyone in my answer.
FOXNews.com: So what about Perez's offer to take you out for coffee to "talk"?
Carrie Prejean: No comment!
Fox News Online, Monday , April 20, 2009, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,517228,00.html