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Dragons’ Den star defends Molly-Mae after she’s ‘crucified’ over podcast

Molly-Mae Hague was criticised for her comments (Picture: Diary of a CEO/YouTube)

Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett has defended Molly-Mae Hague after she came under fire when a video of his interview with her went viral.

Love Island star Molly was criticised for comments that many called ‘privileged’, saying on Steven’s podcast that ‘everyone has the same 24 hours in the day’ and that she’s willing to go to ‘any lengths’ to achieve success.

Steven, who has replaced Tej Lalvani on Dragons’ Den, tweeted: ‘Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she trended No.1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it and MP’s weighed in.

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

‘I’ve become very aware of the double standard that successful women face. If I Interview a man, he can brag about money, take full credit for his success and talk about his cars? If I interview a successful women, she’s got to tip toe around her success and watch her words?’

He continued: ‘Gender issues aside, the standard we hold Molly Mae to as a 22 year-old that’s figuring out the world is absolutely outrageous. She once said she didn’t like Italian food, it trended No.1 all day, was written about in every newspaper and she had to issue a public apology. 22.’

Speaking to Steven, 29, on his Diary of a CEO podcast, Molly, 22, said: ‘You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.

‘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 in poverty, you’ve not grown up with major money struggles, so for you to sit there and say that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s not correct.”

‘And I’m like, 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 to what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future. And I’ll go to any lengths. I’ve worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now.’

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Critics have branded the comments ‘tone deaf’, while some have even dubbed Molly ‘Thatcher with a tan’,  seemingly drawing on the late Iron Lady’s ideals which involved the individual, rather than a big state or society, with values placed on hard work and people taking responsibility for their own lives.

However, in a statement from Molly’s reps shared with Metro.co.uk on Friday, the star acknowledges ‘everyone is from different backgrounds’ and that her comments were about ‘time efficiency relating to success’ as well as ‘hard work and determination in her own life’.

Steven is a newcomer on Dragons’ Den (Picture: BBC)

A statement from Molly’s reps read: ‘Molly did a podcast interview in December about her own rise to success. If you listen to the full conversation and interview Molly was asked about how the nature of her potential grows and how she believes in herself. 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 Beyonce”. She was discussing her own experience and how she can resonate with this specific quote.

Molly has seen huge success since Love Island (Picture: Getty Images for Pretty Little Thing)

‘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.

‘She acknowledges that everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds but her comments here are in reference to timing, hard work and determination in her own life. If you listen to this interview you can see the whole conversation was about her own personal circumstances, how she has grown up and this small clip in the conversation was talking about a quote that inspires her.

‘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.’

The Love Island star has seen huge popularity over the past few years, with her career as an influencer and becoming the creative director of Pretty Little Thing. She is thought to be worth around £2million, with the PLT deal being worth seven figures.

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