Molly-Mae Hague apologises after controversial poverty remark and says 'I'd never intend to hurt or upset anyone'

MOLLY-Mae Hague has apologised to fans for her controversial comments about privilege and wealth that went viral online, saying: "I would never intend to hurt or upset anyone".

The 22-year-old issued a statement on Instagram following severe backlash for insisting on a podcast that "we all have the same 24 hours in the day".

She was accused of making “tone deaf” remarks while talking about her success on The Diary Of A CEO, hosted by Steven Bartlett.

Returning to social media for the first time in four days after being viciously trolled online, Molly wrote: "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.

"The intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience.

"Love to you all, always x."

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Multi-millionaire Molly – who shot to fame on ITV2’s Love Island in 2019 – said "if you want something enough, you can achieve it" because "we all have the same 24 hours in the day".

But she's suffered serious backlash over her interview on the podcast – with hundreds of thousands of messages and videos slating her released online.

Molly-Mae said on the podcast: “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.”

Despite the podcast coming out on December 13, Molly-Mae's comments first caused controversy after being circulated on social media last week – within days of host Steven Bartlett making his Dragons' Den debut.

It's led many of Molly-Mae's supporters to question the coincidental timing.

Entrepreneur Steven was a huge hit with fans when he became the youngest Dragon ever to enter the Den this week.

He has strongly denied any claims the timing of the viral podcast was intentional – and insists she's being crucified over her success because she's a woman.

Nearly three years on from her Love Island stint, Molly has seen her career as an influencer reach new heights, launching her own fake-tan brand and has also become the creative director of PrettyLittleThing.

But many have since called for her to lose her "dream job" at the online clothing brand over her comments.

Yesterday The Sun exclusively revealed that PrettyLittleThing has backed the reality star to keep her job, saying her thoughts have been taken out of context and quotes have been fabricated.

The statement said: “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.”

It goes on to say how Molly is fully aware that everyone comes from “different backgrounds”, but was simply discussing her own journey.

“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.

Molly is fully aware that everyone comes from 'different backgrounds'

"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.”

Businesswoman Molly is thought to be worth around £2million, with the PLT deal being worth seven figures.

She and boyfriend Tommy Fury, also 22, finished second on Love Island in 2019.

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