- South Africa's Louw Breytenbach has resigned as Mr Gay World 2021 following a contractual dispute.
- The 31-year-old from Boksburg, Gauteng is the third South African to win the title in the history of the competition.
- Mr Gay World said it would be meeting with its legal team to decide what steps to take against the former titleholder.
South Africa's Louw Breytenbach has resigned as Mr Gay World 2021 after refusing to sign the pageant organiser's contract he labelled "unconstitutional and opaque".
The TV presenter was crowned Mr Gay World in October. Hailing from Boksburg in Gauteng, Louw is the third South African to clinch the title since the competition's inception in 2009.
But since being crowned the winner, the former Drama-mamas presenter says his relationship with the pageant executives has deteriorated.
According to a statement shared with Channel24, Louw refused to sign the titleholder contract, citing issues relating to remuneration and the organisation's role as a booking agent.
He also alleges that the organisation would not divulge how the Mr Gay World Foundation's funds were managed.
"I led the Gay Pride march in Namibia last weekend and was not given anything towards my expenses," said Louw, adding that his attempts to meet with pageant executives had proved unsuccessful.
The 31-year-old handed in his resignation following the contractual dispute.
About his resignation, Louw said: "I think that my image was being abused because I was already a media personality before I entered. I am disappointed as I really thought the Mr Gay World competition was a platform I could use to broaden my charity work. I also thought that they had the interest of the LGBTQI+ community at heart. Sadly, I was wrong."
Speaking to Channel24, Mr Gay World organisers confirmed that they received Louw's resignation, despite their "best attempts to resolve the matter amicably and reasonably".
"We also note the unfortunate press release issued on Mr Breytenbach's behalf, which includes a series of defamatory allegations about the organisation and its officials.
"We strongly refute these allegations and thoroughly reject Mr Breytenbach's version of the events as described," said the statement.
The organisation said it would be meeting with its legal team to decide what steps to take.