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Molly-Mae Hague issues apology for comments on podcast, The Manc

Molly-Mae Hague issues apology for comments on podcast

“I apologise to the people that have been affected negatively or misunderstood the meaning of what I said…”

Molly-Mae Hague has issued an apology after her comments about everyone having the “same 24 hours a day” sparked fierce backlash online.

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The Creative Director of Manchester-based fashion brand PrettyLittleThing posted a statement on Instagram on Monday (January 10) after experiencing several days’ of criticism for remarks she made on Steven Bartlett’s Diary of a CEO podcast.

During her appearance on the show – which offers a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their success stories – Hague doubled-down on her previous comment that everyone has the “same 24 hours in a day” to find success.

Hague said: “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 up in poverty, you’ve not grown up with major money struggles.’

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“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 – it just depends what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future.”

Molly-Mae Hague issues apology for comments on podcast, The Manc
Hague made the comments on a podcast show with Steven Bartlett in December 2021 / Image: YouTube

Hague’s comments spawned multiple think pieces across media outlets and ignited debates around influencer culture, class divides and privilege.

Many rushed to condemn her comments as tone-deaf, whilst Bartlett – a Dragon’s Den investor who found success in Manchester with his Social Chain agency – defended Hague, claiming the criticism was reflective of “double standards that successful women face”.

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Bartlett said: “I’ve had male guests say what she said. No one cared. But when Molly says it, she’s crucified? Crazy.

“Gender issues aside, the standard we hold Molly Mae to as a 22 year-old that’s figuring out the world is absolutely outrageous.”

Hague’s representatives also published a statement saying her words had been taken out of context.

This week, the former Love Island contestant spoke out herself via social media.

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Molly-Mae Hague issues apology for comments on podcast, The Manc
Hague’s statement on Instagram / Image: Molly-Mae Hague/Instagram

Her statement, written on Instagram, reads: “I wanted to come back 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”.

Featured image: Diary of a CEO/YouTube

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