"This situation has hit me very hard," Kristhielee Caride told Univision

By Adam Carlson
March 26, 2016 01:25 PM
Source: Kristhielee Caride/Instagram

Former Miss Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride said this week that she “got some help” following “a dark depression” after she was stripped of her title.

“I can tell you I got some help because a dark depression came over me and I couldn’t eat or sleep,” Caride told Univision.

“This situation has hit me very hard,” Caride said, in an English translation of the Spanish interview.

“[I feel] betrayed by the organization because there was never a moment that I disrespected them. There wasn’t a reason for them to do what they did to me,” she said.

On Facebook, Caride’s mother recently wrote of focusing on her daughter’s emotional wellbeing, according to the New York Daily News.

“My priority in this moment is the emotional health of my daughter and my family because if my children fall, the world crumbles for me,” Brenda Santiago wrote, according to the paper.

Caride held the title of Miss Puerto Rico for four months, and competed in the Miss Universe pageant in December, before officials booted her Thursday because she didn’t like doing media appearances.

“When I’m listening and she says, ‘I don’t like the camera,’ I say that is a big problem,” organizer Desiree Lowry said Thursday. “Miss Puerto Rico is a public figure and part of your job is to be in front of the camera.”