Molly-May Hague has refused to “comment on anyone else’s life or personal situation” after facing criticism over comments made about her background and privilege.
“You’ve been given a life and it’s up to you what you do with it,” said the former Love Island contestant, 22, in an episode of Diary of a CEO podcast released last month.
Hague, who is the creative director of fast fashion retailer PrettyLittle Thing, said the statement was “technically” correct and that he “worked his ass off” for his wealth.
After a short clip of the interview went viral on Twitter this week, some on the social media platform described her as “tone deaf” and a “thatcherite”.
Addressing the controversy in a statement to The Sun, Hague’s representatives said: “If you listen to the full conversation and interview, Molly was asked how the nature of her potential grew and how she believed in herself. Is.
“This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency related to success. Molly refers to a quote that says ‘We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyoncé’. She discusses her own experience and how she might resonate with this specific quote.
“If you want something you can work hard to achieve it is her opinion on how she perseveres with her work to achieve more in her life. Molly in someone else’s life or Not commenting on personal situation. She can only speak from her experience.”
Representatives for The Hague said she acknowledged that “everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds” but that her remarks were “in terms of time, hard work and determination in their lives”. Was.
The statement continued: “Social media users shared a small excerpt from this interview with quotes such as ‘If you are homeless buy a house’ and ‘If you are poor then be poor’.
“These are absolutely not Molly’s words, these are not Molly’s thoughts, and there is absolutely no meaning or thought behind that conversation.”
Molly Mai did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite of that interview went viral, she was trending number 1 on twitter, every newspaper covered it and mp3 weighed in.
I have asked the male guests what he said.
But when Molly says this, she is crucified? Mad.
— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) 7 January 2022
Comment on the podcast from entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, a judge on the TV show Dragons Den.
She said she faced “double standards” as a young and successful woman and that her male guests didn’t have to “tip toe” about their successes.
He wrote on Twitter: “Molly May did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite of that interview went viral, she was trending #1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it and MPs weighed in.
“I’ve asked the male guests what she said. No one cared. But when Molly says this, she’s crucified? Crazy.
“I’ve become very aware of the double standards of successful women. If I interview a man, he may brag about money, take full credit for his success and brag about his cars. can talk?
“If I interview a successful woman, should she get tip toe about her success and look at her words? Gender issues aside, the standard that we consider Molly Mae at 22 years old.” To put it in me, he is understanding the world, he is absolutely disrespectful.”
Hague rose to fame when she teamed up with boxer Tommy Fury on the ITV dating show Love Island in 2019 and became one of the most recognizable figures on the show.
Her role with PrettyLittleThing is said to come with a seven-figure salary.