Molly-Mae Hague has released a statement after her comments on social mobility were slammed as 'tone deaf' on social media.
The former Love Island star, 22, came under fire for comments made to Dragon's Den businessman Steven Bartlett on his podcast The Diary Of A CEO in December last year.
In an Instagram Story to her 6.2million Instagram followers, Molly-Mae, who has recently returned from a trip to New York City with her boyfriend Tommy Fury, penned: "I wanted to come back online today as normal but I feel like before I do I just wanted to say this…
"When I say or post anything online, it is never with malice or ill intent. I completely appreciate that things can affect different people in different ways however I just want to stress that I would never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything that I say or do.
"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. Love to you all, always x."
A clip from the interview, that has now been shared thousands of times online, sees Molly-Mae say: "You're given one life and it's down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction."
She continued: "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."
However in a statement issued to OK! last week, Molly-Mae's representative said: "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."
They continued: "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-Mae's rep added that the star was "not commenting on anyone else's life or personal situation" and can "only speak of her own experience."
They continued to assert that the star acknowledges "everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds," before adding: "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."
Since finding fame on Love Island, Molly-Mae has made a name for herself as an influencer and was last year named creative director of retail company PrettyLittleThing in a deal reportedly worth seven figures.
The reality star, who spent New Year's Day in New York with 22 year old boyfriend Tommy Fury, also said on the podcast: "I understand we all have different backgrounds and we're all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I think if you want something enough you can achieve it.
"It just depends on what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future. And I'll go to any length," she explained.
The 2019 Love Island contestant then declared: "I've worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now."
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