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Molly-Mae Hague Breaks Silence Amid ‘Tone Deaf’ Comments Backlash

Molly-Mae Hague has spoken out to address the backlash she faced over comments made during an appearance on Steven Bartlett’s The Diary Of A CEO podcast, which went viral last week.

The Love Island star was criticised for comments she made during the interview, which was originally filmed in December but resurfaced online this month, in which she claimed, “We all have the same 24 hours in a day,” while discussing her success as an influencer.

Many branded her “tone deaf” and “privileged” on social media, with over 40,000 Instagram users unfollowing her in the wake of the backlash.

Molly has now issued a public apology and insisted she there was no “malice” or “ill intent” behind her remarks.

She began “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.”

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Molly continued, “I apologise to the people who 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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This comes after Molly’s representatives were forced to defend her in a statement issued last week. They said, “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.”

Molly’s dad Steve also had his daughter’s back amid the scandal as he took the comments section of an Instagram post made about his daughter.

Steve wrote, “It must be so tough for media stars, influencers and public figures. Especially the younger ones who are still learning the emotional rollercoaster of life.

And it hurts me to see people literally driven to death by cruel comments of people who don’t even know the individuals and hide behind a keyboard often on fake accounts cancelling someone for something five, six, seven or 10 years ago when a child, is profoundly naive and shows a real lack of emotional intelligence.”

He added, “Then attacking people for a sentence made as part of an interview taken out of context – I wouldn’t mind but the CEO of Netflix appeared on a podcast called ‘the same 24-hours’ on which many well respected business leaders have appeared – not attacked or cancelled. I think the context of Molly’s words fit better with the title of that podcast ‘We all have the same 24-hours in every day. But it’s how we use those 24 hours that make the difference in our health, happiness and success’ – but what do I know.”

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