Molly Mae says it's down to you what you do with your life
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The 22-year-old is embroiled in a row over her recent comments about work ethic and poverty on the ‘Diary Of A CEO’ podcast. The influencer and creative director of PrettyLittleThing appeared on an episode of the show last month, and speaking to Steven Bartlett, from the BBC’s ‘Dragons Den’, argued that everyone has the same “24 hours in a day”, regardless of their background, adding that she had got where she wanted to be through hard work.
The former ‘Love Island’ star has since apologised after her remarks triggered a huge furore on social media, with some users even likening her to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Molly’s boyfriend, Tommy Fury, is no stranger to the spotlight given his career in boxing and the publicity his older brother, Tyson, has been subject to over the years.
The pair have dated ever since appearing on Love Island on 2019, with Molly having since admitted that they used to “chase each other” in a playful admission about their relationship.
Talking about the couple’s first holiday together in the Maldives after Love Island, Molly wrote in a tweet: “You know it’s real when you spend evenings on holiday chasing each other round the room trying to stick the end of an umbrella in the other person’s belly button.”
They stayed at the Saii Lagoon resort during the break, with the holiday coming after Tommy had given his girlfriend a gold Cartier ring she had spotted while in New York.
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On Instagram, Molly wrote: “I said I loved this ring in New York and he remembered.”
Opening up further on their relationship, she added: “2019 you changed my life. I love you.”
The current scandal surrounding Molly comes after she appeared to suggest that hard work alone was the primary factor determining a person’s success.
She told the ‘Diary Of A CEO’ podcast: “You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it.
“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, 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.”
The star added that she will go to “any lengths” to achieve her goals and said she had “worked my absolute a*** off” to get to where she is now.
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The comments sparked outrage among members of the public, who claimed she did not understand the impact of privilege and upbringing on a person’s outcomes.
One Twitter user, @ahmzdzz, called Molly “Margaret Thatcher with a fake tan.”
In response to the backlash, Molly issued an apology on Instagram, and said her comments were not made with “malice or ill intent”.
The TV personality said she would “never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything that I say or do.”
She added: “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.”
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