Molly-Mae Hague, who faced backlash and had countless memes and parodies made about her surrounding her “tone-deaf” comments on privilege and wealth, has finally responded - and claims she just wanted to inspire people with her experiences.

In an Instagram Story on Monday, the 22-year-old influencer, former Love Island contestant, and creative director of fast-fashion company Pretty Little Thing addressed those who “misunderstood” what she said.

“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,” she wrote.

She then added that she apologises to those who have been “affected negatively or misunderstood” what she meant because she wanted to inspire people from her own experiences.

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In the viral interview for The Diary of a CEO podcast, hosted by Steven Bartlett, Hague said: “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.”

She added that he understands that people have different backgrounds and financial situations, but it “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. I’ve worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now.”

Bartlett took to Twitter to speak on Hague’s controversy and said that there’s a “double standard” for how people view the success of men and women.

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 woman, she’s got to tiptoe around her success and watch her words?” he wrote.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage also came to her defence.

“She’s saying that any of us - if we work hard, have a bit of luck, and have got ability, regardless of our backgrounds, regardless of who we are - can go out there in the world and succeed.”

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In a statement from Hague’s representatives shared withThe Independent, they reiterated her sentiments about how she worked hard to personally achieve her goals.

“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,” they said.

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