Molly-Mae Hague defends controversial podcast comments

Molly-Mae Hague has rebuffed the criticism being lobbed at her following comments made in a recent podcast that has rubbed many up the wrong way.

During an appearance on The Diary Of A CEO podcast in December, which was amplified this week, the influencer former Love Island star shared her belief that ‘if you want something enough, you can achieve it’ and that we all have ‘the same 24 hours in a day’ which, is now evidently more than apparent, has not gone down well.

This resulted in some critics branding her ‘Thatcher with a tan’ in comparison to Margaret Thatcher, seemingly drawing on the late Iron Lady’s ideals which involved the individual, rather than a big state or society, with values placed on hard work and people taking responsibility for their own lives.

As a result, the influencer’s Wikipedia was vandalised, with her name changed to ‘Molly-Mae Thatcher’. It’s since been corrected.

However, in a statement from Molly’s reps shared with Metro.co.uk on Friday, the star acknowledges ‘everyone is from different backgrounds’ and that her comments were about ‘time efficiency relating to success’ as well as ‘hard work and determination in her own life’.

A statement from Molly’s reps 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.

‘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.’

The Love Island star has seen huge popularity over the past few years, with her career as an influencer and becoming the creative director of Pretty Little Thing. She is thought to be worth around £2million, with the PLT deal being worth seven figures.

However, she was branded ‘tone deaf’ by some after hitting back at past criticism she’s received during the interview.

‘You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it,’ the 22-year-old said. ‘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, you’ve not grown in poverty, you’ve not grown up with major money struggles, so for you to sit there and say that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s not correct.”

‘And I’m like, but technically what I’m saying is correct. We do. So I understand that we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I do think if you want something enough, you can achieve it.

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

Plenty of people have spoken out on social media, with one viewer tweeting: ‘Ngl I like molly mae but if you’ve never been in poverty you’ll never know how hard getting out of poverty is, it’s an endless cycle. Yes life is what you make of it but it also helps when you don’t need to stress about what you or your family are having for dinner.’

Another added: ‘I respect Molly Mae for making the most of her opportunity & grabbing it with both hands, but I DESPAIR at the quote about everyone having the same time in a day as Beyoncé. The reality is that social inequality means there’ll never be an even playing field.’

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