Love Island's Maura Higgins and Shaughna Phillips clash over Molly-Mae controversy

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Molly-Mae Hague has received a lot of backlash over her recent comments about poverty.

The Love Island star recently appeared on the Diary of a CEO podcast to speak about her experience in the corporate world.

However, her comments about everyone having the "same 24 hours" were deemed insensitive and overlooking the wage gap, as well as not taking into account economic disparity, physical or mental health struggles.

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Former Love Island star Shaughna Phillips has shared some thoughts on the situation, tweeting: "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."

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Molly-Mae's friend Maura Higgins wrote back: "Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you.

"You're entitled to your opinion yes but I'm really surprised you commenting on this at all."

Shaughna responded: "100 per cent! That’s why I tweeted this in her defence.

"She's young and successful, it's not her fault she has those views. Like I said, no shade, just jel lol."

Molly-Mae's representative has responded to the backlash, saying: (via Tyla!) "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.

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Photo credit: Ricky Vigil M - Getty Images

"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."

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