Filipino actress and former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao has apologised for calling homosexuality a ‘lie from the Devil’.

Quiambao told her 250,000 Twitter followers that her gay people’s sexuality was “not a sin, but a lie from the Devil”, GMA News points out.

She had tweeted: “Hate the sin. Love the sinner. We have all sinned… Forgiveness comes from God. Grace comes to those who believe. Peace!”

“Homosexuality is not a sin but it is a lie from the devil. Do not be deceived. God loves gays and wants them to know the truth. LGBT or straight, man or woman, young or old, we all deserve love, respect and acceptance. We all need a savior on Jesus Christ. God loves u.”

“No offense to the LGBT but the TRuth is the Truth that comes from God. Take it or leave it. We will all face the judgement seat of God.”

She initially responded to criticisms saying she was “sharing the truth”, adding: “If you are not ready for it, please don’t shoot me. I am just a messenger.”

Later, though, Quiambao had a change of heart, tweeting: “I’m sorry LGBT. Perhaps I was too harsh with the words I used. Will do my best to be more sensitive. #respect #nobodysperfect #grace.”

One follower replied: “Harsh is not the word you should be using, Miriam. Retarded would be better. Seriously. WTF, girl?”

A video of Miriam Quiambao’s on-stage fall at the Miss Universe competition 1999, from which she gracefully recovered and went on to achieve the Philippines’ best result since 1973, has drawn nearly over 850,000 views on YouTube.