Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague defends controversial comments on wealth and privilege after backlash

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Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague has hit back at critics who accused her of “tone deaf” comments on privilege and wealth made during a podcast.

The influencer, 22, sparked a social media backlash after a clip resurfaced in which she claimed that “we all have the same 24 hours of the day” regardless of background.

Speaking during an episode of the Diary of a CEO podcast aired last month, she said “if you want something enough you can achieve it” regardless of social class or income.

But her comments sparked fury on Twitter, with critics accusing her of of ignoring the difficulties faced by people from poorer backgrounds.

Ms Hague’s representatives defended her comments in a statement shared with Metro on Friday, in which they stressed that the section of the interview was “discussing time efficiency relating to success”.

The statement read: “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.”

The Standard has contacted Ms Hague’s representatives for further comment.

Ms Hague’s representatives added that social media users had “shared a short snippet from this interview with words such as ‘if you are homeless buy a house’” - but said these “are not Molly’s thoughts” and was “not the meaning at all behind that conversation”.

The 22-year-old shot to fame after appearing on the hit ITV show in 2019. Last year, she was made creative director of popular fashion brand Pretty Little Thing.

During the Diary of a CEO podcast, she told host Jamie Bartlett: “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, 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.”

Reacting to her comments, BBC presenter and podcaster Jess Davies tweeted: “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 Beyonce.

“The reality is that social inequality means there’ll never be an even playing field.

“Race, Health, Gender, Social class, Sexuality, Mental Health, Disability- the list goes on. Society is not designed to give everyone equal opportunity and this is unfortunately just tone deaf straight out of a Girl Boss meme.”

Away from social media, Wikipedia users edited Ms Hague’s entry to the words “Molly-Mae Thatcher”, in reference to Britain’s former prime minister. The changes have now been removed.

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