DRAGON'S Den star Steven Bartlett has defended Molly-Mae Hague and accused her critics of being sexist.
The reality star, 22, came under fire after after making ‘tone deaf’ comments on poverty on Steven's The Diary Of A CEO podcast last month.
Molly faced backlash from fans when she 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 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.'
"But, technically, what I’m saying is correct. We do," the TV personality continued."
Now Dragon's Den star Steven Bartlett has waded in to the discussion.
He defended the fellow entrepreneur and said: "Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she trendedNo.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."
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He continued: "I have become 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 woman, she's got to tip toe around her success and watch her words."
Just yesterday Molly broke her silence and defended controversial poverty comments saying ‘these are not my thoughts.’
The statement approved by the influencer reads: “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.
“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.”
It goes on to say how Molly is fully aware that everyone comes from “different backgrounds”, but was simply discussing her own journey.
“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.”
Rise to fame
Molly shot to fame on ITV2’s Love Island in 2019 when she and boyfriend Tommy Fury, also 22, finished second.
Nearly three years on from her appearance on the series, Molly has seen her career as an influencer reach new heights, launched her own fake-tan brand and has also become the creative director of Pretty Little Thing.
The businesswoman is thought to be worth around £2million, with the PLT deal being worth seven figures.
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