Social media influencer and former Love Island contestant Molly-Mae Hague has finally apologized publicly for controversial comments she made as a guest on the Diary of A CEO podcast.
Along with award-winning entrepreneur Steven Bartlett on an episode of his widespread business podcast just before Christmas, the 22-year-old media personality shared some arguably controversial opinions on wealth and privilege that have since sparked backlash across the country.
Hertfordshire-born Hague has been absent from social media since the internet riot last week and posted a statement today on her Instagram account saying, “I wanted to get back online today as usual, but I feel like that I just wanted to say that beforehand. If I say or post something online, it is never done with malice or malicious intent. I really appreciate the fact that things can affect different people in different ways, but I just wanted to emphasize that I never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything I say or do.
“I apologize to the people who have been negatively affected or have misunderstood the meaning of what I said on the podcast. The intention of the podcast was always just to tell my story and to be inspired by my own experience. “
Last month on the podcast, Hague, who rose to fame in 2019 after she and Boxer friend Tommy Fury when placed runner-up on the hit ITV2 dating series Love Island, some had arguably controversial opinions on how to achieve your ambitions.
She said, “I just think you’ve been given a life, and it’s up to you what you do with it – you can literally go in any direction.
“When I’ve talked about this in the past, I’ve gotten a bit of abuse from people who said, ‘It’s easier for you to say this, you didn’t grow up in poverty, you didn’t grow up with a major.” Money is so difficult that you sit there and say that we all have the same 24 hours a day, that’s not right. ‘ And I say, ‘But technically what I’m saying is right’. “
Although thousands of followers have amassed on their various social media channels, thousands of internet users have now expressed their anger and disappointment at the media star’s comments.
She added, “I understand that obviously we are all from different backgrounds and we were all brought up in different ways and we have different financial situations, but I think if you want something enough you may want to go to get there where you want to be in the future. I will do anything. I worked my ass off to get where I am now. “
Business man and BBC newest dragon, Steven Bartlett, who produced the podcast, has since spoken out in defense of the reality star, tweeting, “Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, a soundbite from that interview went viral yesterday, she trending No. 1 on Twitter, every newspaper reported about it and weighed the MPs. I had male guests saying what she said. Nobody cared. But if Molly says so, is she crucified?