5 May – After having to live alone in the Philippines for the past year, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is elated to finally be able to reunite with her family in Australia.
On 4 May, the beauty queen-turned-singer posted a photo of the view through the window of her plane, writing, "After countless rescheduled flights, two flight cancellations, swab tests, stress, applications and waiting... I'm finally on my way to see my parents for the first time in one and a half years."
Gray stated that she made a vow to herself three years ago that she would go and visit her father at least four times a year, but wasn't able to do so due to the pandemic.
"It's always been a fear of mine, having an older father, of not having enough time with him. I don't want to one day be full of regret for not having given time to one of the most important people in my life... I'm really thankful to my brand and advocacy families, as well as my [Cornerstone] family for allowing me this time."
She also expressed her hope that other families facing similar situations as her would be able to be reunited with one another soon.
It is noted that both of Gray's parents reside in Australia, with her father Ian Gray being Australian of Scottish descent.
Australia has been closing its borders to non-citizens since March 2020, and only permitting limited international flights for citizens returning from abroad.
(Photo Source: Catriona Gray Instagram)