Maura Higgins defends Molly-Mae as Shaughna Phillips weighs in on ‘tone deaf’ remarks

Maura Higgins has defended her friend Molly-Mae Hague after she was slammed for her ‘tone deaf’ comments about her success.

Former Love Island star Molly-Mae, 22, who recently enjoyed a trip to New York City with her boyfriend Tommy Fury, 22, appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett and told his 107,000 YouTube subscribers how anyone can achieve what they want as long as they work hard enough for it.

“You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction,” she told Steven, who is a businessman, entrepreneur, co-founder of Social Chain, and Investor on Dragons’ Den

Meanwhile fellow Love Island contestant Shaughna Phillips, 27, tweeted to her 100,400 followers: “If there’s one thing about me, you will never see me brag about things I have, or be flashy, or flaunt my earnings.

Maura Higgins has jumped to the defence of her friend Molly-Mae Hague

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“I’m VERY aware I’ve had an absolute touch in life, and it’s not from hard work. What I do now is not hard work and that will never be lost on me.”

The former Celebs Go Dating beauty later tweeted: “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.”

Molly-Mae Hague has been slammed over her comments about success
Molly-Mae was slammed over her comments about success

Meanwhile Irish beauty Maura, 31, who starred alongside Molly-Mae on Love Island, responded: “Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you. Your entitled to your opinion yes but I’m really surprised you commenting on this at all.”

But Shaughna was quick to defend herself and stated: “100%! That’s why I tweeted this in her defence. She’s young and successful, it’s not her fault she has those views. Like I said, no shade, just jel lol.”

It comes after Molly-Mae, who is the creative director of fashion brand PrettyLittleThing and has 6.3million Instagram followers, described how ‘if you want something enough you can achieve it’.

Shaughna Phillips tweeted her opinions on the podcast comments

She continued: “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 added: “I’ve worked my absolute a**e off to get where I am now.”

While some agreed with her mindset, many slammed her for failing to understand the privileged background she comes from compared to others who have to work twice as hard.

“So funny that people have gassed her up so much that she feels comfortable to be able to say this. She’s always been well off and for her to say this is so tone deaf,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another shared: “I respect Molly Mae for making the most of her opportunity & grabbing it with both hands, but I DESPAIR at the quote about everyone having the same time in a day as Beyoncé. The reality is that social inequality means there’ll never be an even playing field”.

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