Molly-Mae Hague spoke up after comments she made on a podcast received massive backlash online.
The 22-year-old former Love Island candidate came under fire for saying that “everyone has the same 24 hours” and “if you want something enough, you can get it”.
“It just depends on how far you want to go to get where you want to be in the future,” she told Dragon Den’s Steven Bartlett on an episode of himPodcast, “and I’ll go to any length.”
Molly-Mae, who is also the creative director of fast fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing, admitted on the podcast that she has been criticized in the past for claiming everyone has the same 24 hours a day.
“But technically what I’m saying is correct,” she said. “This is what we do.”
The influencer, who has over 6.3 million followers on Instagram, has been criticized as “deaf” and “stupid” on social media, with some calling her comments “Thatcherite”.
Address the controversy in a statementOn Friday, Molly-Mae representatives said, “Your opinion, that in her own work she is determined to achieve more in her own life when you want something enough that you can work hard for.”
“Molly does not comment on the life or personal situation of others. She can only speak of her own experience.”
âIf you listen to the entire conversation and interview, Molly was asked how her potential is growing and how she believes in herself.
âThis part of the interview was about time efficiency in relation to success. Molly refers to a quote that says, “We all have the same 24 hours a day as Beyonce”. She talked about her own experiences and how to resonate with that specific quote.
The Hague officials said she acknowledged that “everyone is brought up in different ways and from different backgrounds” but her comments concerned “timing, hard work and determination in their own life”.
The statement also addressed the backlash the 22-year-old received online.
âSocial media users shared a short excerpt from this interview with words like ‘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 is not the meaning or thought behind this conversation at all.”
Steven Bartlett, who moderates the diary of a CEO podcast, also addressed the controversy on Twitter.
He said that as a young and successful woman, Molly-Mae faces a âdouble standardâ and that his male guests do not have to make their successes âon tiptoeâ.
Gender issues aside, the standard by which we hold Molly Mae as a 22 year old exploring the world is absolutely outrageous.
She once said she doesn’t like Italian food, it was trend number 1 all day, it was in every newspaper and she had to apologize publicly. 22nd
– Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) January 7, 2022
“Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she was number 1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it, and MPs attended.
âI let male guests say what she said. Nobody cared about it. But if Molly says that, is she crucified? Crazy.
âI am very aware of the double standards that successful women face. When I interview a man, can he brag about money, fully acknowledge his success, and talk about his cars?
âWhen I interview a successful woman, does she have to keep her success on tiptoe and listen to her words? Gender issues aside, the standard by which we hold Molly Mae as a 22 year old exploring the world is absolutely outrageous. â
Love Island nominee Maura Higgins has also defended Molly-Mae, responding to a tweet from another Love Islander who said Molly-Mae hasn’t seen much “life” and “we all say things when we’re younger and look back “. and think ‘well, that was stupid.’
I’m sure you, as someone in this industry, know how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet hits you. You have a right to your opinion, yes, but I’m really surprised that you even comment on that
– Maura Higgins (@MauraHiggins) January 6, 2022
Maura replied, “Sure, as someone in this industry, you know how lonely and scary it can be when the whole Internet slams you. You have a right to be heard, yes, but I’m really surprised you commented on that at all. “
Molly-Mae rose to fame when she teamed up with boxer Tommy Fury on ITV dating show Love Island in 2019, and became one of the most recognizable characters on the show. As the creative director of the fast fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, she now allegedly earns a seven-figure sum.