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Molly-Mae Hague apologises for ‘tone deaf’ comments on wealth inequality

Molly-Mae Hague has apologised for her ‘tone deaf’ comments on wealth inequality which went viral last week.

The Love Island star, 22, posted a statement on Monday afternoon insisting she only wanted to ‘inspire’ her fans with her success story.

An interview, which was first shared on YouTube on December 13, went viral on Wednesday when it was shared on Twitter, and sparked outrage from fans after Molly-Mae insisted she had worked her ‘a**e off’ for her success.

Backlash:  Molly-Mae Hague has apologised for her ‘tone deaf’ comments on wealth inequality which went viral last week

Issuing an apology on Monday via her Instagram account, which boasts 6.2m followers, Molly-Mae explained: 

‘I wanted to come back online today as normal but I feel like before I do I just wanted to say this…When I say or post anything online, it is never with malice or ill intent.’

‘I completely appreciate that things can affect different people in different ways however I just want to stress that I would never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything that I say or do.’

She added: ‘I apologise to the people that have been affected negatively or misunderstood the meaning of what I said in the podcast, the intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience. Love to you all, always x’ 

'No malice': The Love Island star, 22, posted a statement on Monday afternoon insisting she only wanted to 'inspire' her fans with her success story

‘No malice’: The Love Island star, 22, posted a statement on Monday afternoon insisting she only wanted to ‘inspire’ her fans with her success story

An interview, which was first shared on YouTube on December 13, went viral on Wednesday when it was shared on Twitter.  

In the clip, Molly, who last year was named the creative director of clothing brand PrettyLittleThing, a title with a seven-figure salary, said: ‘You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.

‘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.’ 

She went on: ‘I understand we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I think if you want something enough you can achieve it. 

Unimpressed: Molly-Mae's subscribers took to the comment section of her latest YouTube video last week to share their opinion of the backlash the influencer has faced

Unimpressed: Molly-Mae’s subscribers took to the comment section of her latest YouTube video last week to share their opinion of the backlash the influencer has faced

 ‘It just depends on what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future. And I’ll go to any length.’ She then added: ‘I’ve worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now.’

Molly-Mae’s subscribers took to the comment section of her latest YouTube video last week to share their opinion of the backlash the influencer has faced, with some choosing to hit the unsubscribe button. 

Taking to the comment section, one wrote: ‘You have done really well for yourself but undoubtedly saying that we all have the same 24 hours came across awfully because we really don’t- privilege is so real in today’s world, some people work ridiculously hard but have barriers to success such as family background, racism etc…’ 

Viral: An interview, which was first shared on YouTube on December 13, went viral on Wednesday when it was shared on Twitter under the heading 'If you're homeless just buy a house'

 Viral: An interview, which was first shared on YouTube on December 13, went viral on Wednesday when it was shared on Twitter under the heading ‘If you’re homeless just buy a house’

Slammed: One fan tweeted in response: 'She literally just went on a TV dating show and got brand deals, I'm not sure she 'worked here a**e off''

Slammed: One fan tweeted in response: ‘She literally just went on a TV dating show and got brand deals, I’m not sure she ‘worked here a**e off”

While another follower added: ‘Molly, I’ve supported you through and through since Love Island, but I’m so hurt by what said in the podcast. I can comprehend that perhaps you don’t mean it in the way it came across, but the point being is that it came across in a really terrible way.’ 

‘Unsubscribing. What reflection on how our society awards idiots. Meanwhile many of those who make a meaningful contribution struggle,’ typed a third. 

A fourth subscriber chimed: ‘Completely out of touch and deluded. It’s embarrassing to listen to her speak on the matter because she just consistently exposes how sheltered and ignorant she is.’ 

A spokesman for the star told MailOnline last week that Molly acknowledges that people ‘are raised in different ways’ and ‘from different backgrounds’ and that she never meant to offend. 

Awkward: After her comments went viral, footage also resurfaced of the star being left horrified after being asked to work a 12-hour shift in the PLT warehouse

Awkward: After her comments went viral, footage also resurfaced of the star being left horrified after being asked to work a 12-hour shift in the PLT warehouse

Not impressed: Molly's statement came as footage resurfaced of the star left flabbergasted after being asked to work a 12-hour shift

Shocked: The PLT creative director spent the evening in the warehouse while filming for her YouTube channel

Not impressed: Molly’s statement came as footage resurfaced of the star left flabbergasted after being asked to work a 12-hour shift

A statement read: ‘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. 

Defence: Dragon's Den star Steven Bartlett defended Molly-Mae after she was 'crucified' over her controversial comments on wealth inequality and poverty on his podcast

Defence: Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett defended Molly-Mae after she was ‘crucified’ over her controversial comments on wealth inequality and poverty on his podcast

Double standards? Taking to Twitter on Friday, the Dragon's Den star claimed none of his male guests who have said similar things have faced such a backlash

Double standards? Taking to Twitter on Friday, the Dragon’s Den star claimed none of his male guests who have said similar things have faced such a backlash 

‘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.’

Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett defended Molly-Mae Hague after she was ‘crucified’ over her controversial comments. 

Love Island star: A clip of her December interview went viral this week, with Molly's comments that she has 'worked my a**e off' for her wealth and that 'everyone has the same 24 hours in a day' to achieve sparking a backlash

Love Island star: A clip of her December interview went viral this week, with Molly’s comments that she has ‘worked my a**e off’ for her wealth and that ‘everyone has the same 24 hours in a day’ to achieve sparking a backlash

Entrepreneur Stephen, 29, who interviewed Molly for the podcast, waded into the debate, suggesting the backlash was a result of sexism as he called out the ‘double standard that successful women face’ from critics. 

Taking to Twitter on Friday he wrote: ‘Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she trended No.1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it and MP’s weighed in.

‘I’ve had male guests say what she said. No-one cared. But when Molly says it, she’s crucified? Crazy.’

He continued: ‘I have become aware of the double standard that successful women face.

‘If I interview a man he can brag about money, take full credit for his success and talk about his cars?

Support: Molly-Mae also found an ally in the form of Small Business MP Paul Scully, with the Conservative minister, 53, stating 'an aspirational approach to life is no bad thing'

Support: Molly-Mae also found an ally in the form of Small Business MP Paul Scully, with the Conservative minister, 53, stating ‘an aspirational approach to life is no bad thing’

‘If I interview a successful woman, she’s got to tip toe around her success and watch her words.’

Stephen, who recently replaced Tej Lalvani on Dragon’s Den then added: ‘Gender issues aside, the standard we hold Molly Mae to as a 22 year-old that’s figuring out the world is absolutely outrageous.

‘She once said she didn’t like Italian food, it trended No.1 all day, was written about in every newspaper and she had to issue a public apology. 22.’  

The reality star has also found an ally in the form of Small Business MP Paul Scully. 

The Conservative minister, 53, waded into the row on Friday, stating ‘an aspirational approach to life is no bad thing.’ 

Asked if her comments were fair, Paul told LBC: ‘I think it is, but I think you’ve got to define success, because some of the comments that I was hearing in the lead up to my piece on this was about money, but success doesn’t necessarily equal money.

Social media star: Molly, who boasts six million Instagram followers and 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, made the comments on the YouTube series The Diary of a CEO

Social media star: Molly, who boasts six million Instagram followers and 1.5 million YouTube subscribers, made the comments on the YouTube series The Diary of a CEO

‘It can be, you know, furthering your job, whether it’s in public service or whatever.

‘And I think an aspirational approach to life is no bad thing. What we’ve got to make sure, though, is that opportunity is equally distributed around the country.

‘And that’s why the levelling up agenda that we often talk about in government is so, so important to make sure that those 24 hours can be matched by the opportunities by education and business across the country.’ 

Molly-Mae’s father Stephen also spoke out in her defence, sharing a lengthy post in which he reflected on the storm surrounding his daughter and also the backlash faced by fellow influencer Elle Darby who lost more than 100,000 followers and was dropped by her management after racist tweets she sent as a teenager emerged.  

In his post, Stephen stated: ‘It must be tough for the media stars, influencers and public figures. Especially the younger ones who are still learning the emotional rollercoaster of life.

‘It hurts me to see people literally driven to death by cruel comments of people who don’t know the individuals and hide behind a keyboard often on fake accounts, cancelling someone for something 5,6,7 or 10 years ago, when a child is profoundly naïve and shows a real lack of emotional intelligence.’

He added: ‘Then attacking people for a sentence made as part of an interview taken out of context – I wouldn’t mind but the CEO of Netflix appeared on a podcast called “the same 24hrs” on which many well respected business leaders have appeared – not attacked or cancelled.

‘I think the context of Molly’s words fit better with the title of that podcast “we all have the same 24 hours in every day. But it’s how we USE those 24 hours that makes the difference in our health, happiness and success” – but what do I know.’

Speaking out: Molly-Mae's father Stephen also spoke out in her defence, sharing a lengthy post in which he reflected on the storm surrounding his daughter

Speaking out: Molly-Mae’s father Stephen also spoke out in her defence, sharing a lengthy post in which he reflected on the storm surrounding his daughter

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