Molly-Mae is being reminded that the internet never forgets. Recently, the Love Island contestant commented on Steven Bartlett's The Diary of a CEO Podcast in which she supposedly made controversial claims.
"We all have the same 24 hours in a day... You're given one life and it's down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction."
She added: "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 because you've not grown up in poverty, so for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct."
This statement has made her a subject of controversy.
Some people translated it to mean "if you're homeless, buy a house." In other words, pretty insensitive and not genuinely representative since people have differing situations.
One person tweeted about how privileged Molly-Mae Hague was:
"She literally just went on a TV dating show and got brand deals, I'm not sure she 'worked here a**e off."
A clip of Hague exclaiming at a 12-hour shift resurfaced amidst all this. It was a 2019 YouTube video on "a day in the life of a PLT employee.
The footage showed Hague preparing for a 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift which unexpectedly became a 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. shift. Realizing that she exclaimed:
"12 hours? I'll be on the floor like this by 1.00 a.m... Jesus, right okay."
Mocking her, one social media user wrote:
"Saying all that in them vids then being shocked by a 12-hour shift... She's f*cking no idea. Gobshite."
Ava Santina tweeted:
"We've all got the same 24 hours - that's two of those twelve-hour shifts."
Another person tweeted:
"If Molly Mae thinks everyone has the exact same 24 hours & opportunities then I would LOVE to see her do a 12-hour shift for £3.50 an hour at one of the factories that make clothes for the brand she's a 'creative director' of and see what she makes of that."
As the creative director of Pretty Little Thing, Hague ended the video with the words:
"Hat off to the people that work there day in, day out, packing all the packages. It's not an easy job. I think if I was working there properly and doing it how you are meant to do it, it would be a lot stricter. It's a very regiment in there."
If she thinks it must be hard for those who lead such lives, it seems to contradict what she said on the podcast. As much as we all have the same 24 hours, not everyone is born lucky enough to stumble on life-changing opportunities.
To defend her comments on the podcast, her reps released a lengthy statement explaining the circumstances surrounding what she said while trying to address some possible misunderstandings.
It read in part:
"This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency relating to success. Molly refers to a quote which says "We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyoncé."
"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."
"Social media users have shared a short snippet from this interview with words such as "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 isn't at all the meaning or thought behind that conversation."
Some of her fans also stood up for her.
Do you think Hague's intentions were misunderstood? Was it less about what was said and more about who was saying it?