Molly-Mae Hague has said sorry for the controversial remarks she made about wealth in a podcast.
Outrage erupted on social media as the influencer went viral for saying “we all have the same 24 hours in the day” while talking about her success in a podcast interview on The Diary Of A CEO which is hosted by Steven Bartlett.
She wrote in a statement on Instagram: “I wanted to come back on 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.
“I apologise to the people that have been affected negatively or misunderstood the meaning of what I said in the podcast.”
Ms Hague revealed she had hoped to inspire people with her experience.
She added: “The intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience. Love to you all, always x.”
It comes after the PrettyLittleThing businesswoman got candid about how she managed to reach her height of success.
“You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it,” she told the Diary of a CEO podcast. “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.”
She added: “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*** off to get where I am now.”
Since then, Ms Hague has responded to the backlash she has received over the interview snippet.
A statement has been released on her behalf by her representatives: “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”.”