Molly-Mae Hague has defended herself following the backlash she received for suggesting anyone can be a millionaire if they simply work hard enough.
The Love Island star made the controversial comments on the podcast The Diary of a CEO in a chat with Dragons’ Den’s Steven Bartlett in December last year.
Clips from the interview have resurfaced and Molly-Mae has been inundated with criticism for her “tone-deaf” remarks.
The criticism even saw her Wikipedia page tampered with by someone who compared her to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The ex-Love Island star’s representatives said in a statement to Metro : “Molly did a podcast interview in December about her own rise to success.
“If you listen to the full conversation and interview Molly was asked about how the nature of her potential grows and how she believes in herself. This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency relating to success.
“Molly refers to a quote which says ‘We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce ‘. She was discussing her own experience and how she can resonate with this specific quote.
“Her opinion on if you want something enough you can work hard to achieve it is how she keeps determined with her own work to achieve more in her own life. Molly is not commenting on anyone else’s life or personal situation she can only speak of her own experience.
“She acknowledges that everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds but her comments here are in reference to timing, hard work and determination in her own life. If you listen to this interview you can see the whole conversation was about her own personal circumstances, how she has grown up and this small clip in the conversation was talking about a quote that inspires her.
“Social media users have shared a short snippet from this interview with words such as ‘if you are homeless buy a house’ and ‘if you are poor be poor’ these are absolutely not Molly’s words, these are not Molly’s thoughts and this isn’t at all the meaning or thought behind that conversation.”
In a clip that went viral, the 22-year-old influencer said: “You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.”
Molly, who is in a relationship with Tommy Fury after they met on the ITV2 dating show, added: “When I’ve spoken about that in the past I have been slammed a little bit, with people saying ‘it’s easy for you to say that because you’ve not grown up in poverty, so for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.’ But, technically, what I’m saying is correct. We do.”
The reality star added that she “understands” that everyone comes from “different backgrounds” and everyone has “different financial situations”. However, she claimed that “if you want something enough you can achieve it”.
While her comments have been branded “tone deaf” by some, Molly has been defended too.
Small Business Minister Paul Scully weighed in on the row, saying “an aspirational approach to life is no bad thing”.
Her Love Island pal Maura Higgins had her back too defending her on social media.
Fellow Islander Shaughna Phillips had tweeted: “Molly Mae is young, who’s had a lot of success really quickly, and not a lot of ‘life’.
“So I can understand why she holds those views. We all say things when we’re younger and look back and think “well that was stupid” lol. No shade, I wanna live in her bubble.”
Maura quickly responded: “Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you.
“Your entitled to your opinion yes but I’m really surprised you commenting on this at all.”
Shaughna wrote back to insist she had been defending Molly-Mae in her original tweet.
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