Love Island's Molly-Mae Hague has apologised for the comments she made about her work ethic.
The 22-year-old reality star recently received backlash for her comments on The Diary of a CEO podcast. In the interview, the influencer claimed that anyone can achieve anything if they simply work hard enough and everybody has "the same 24 hours in a day".
Commenters slammed the statement as ignorant to the experiences of people living in poverty and for perpetuating the myth that working-class people are not as productive.
Personally addressing the backlash for the first time, Molly-Mae insisted on Monday that her comments had no "malice or ill intent".
"I wanted to come back online today as normal but I feel like before I do I just wanted to say this," the television personality wrote on her Instagram Stories. "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," she continued. "The intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience. Love to you all, always x."
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