Maura Higgins and Shaugna Phillips defend 'privileged' Molly-Mae Hague

Molly-Mae Hague ‘privilege gate’ continues to rumble on, with fellow Love Islanders Shaughna Phillips and Maura Higgins entering the conversation that’s been sparked by the star commenting that ‘we all have the same 24 hours in the day’.

The Pretty Little Thing creative director, thought to be worth around £2million, was branded ‘tone deaf’ after hitting back at past criticism in an interview, with fans urging her to consider issues such as social inequality and poverty alongside time and her opinion that ‘if you want something enough, you can achieve it’.

Love Island star Shaughna Phillips shared her two cents on the controversy, writing: ‘Molly Mae is young, who’s had a lot of success really quickly, and not a lot of “life”.

‘So I can understand why she holds those views. We all say things when we’re younger and look back and think “well that was stupid” lol. No shade, I wanna live in her bubble.’

This prompted Molly’s close friend, and another Love Island alum, Maura Higgins to defend her pal, as she replied: ‘Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you.

‘Your [sic] entitled to your opinion yes but I’m really surprised you commenting on this at all.’

‘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.’

The star has since responded to the backlash, defedending her comments, with a statement from Molly’s reps shared with on Friday reading: ‘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.

‘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.’

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