Dragons’ Den’s Steven Bartlett defends Molly-Mae Hague after podcast comments

Steven Bartlett has defended Molly-Mae Hague after the 22 year old received backlash for some of the things she said on his The Diary of a CEO podcast.

The former Love Island star has been hit with a barrage of negative comments after a clip of her on the podcast went viral, leading to her being branded as “tone deaf”.

“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 BBC One's Dragons' Den.

Molly 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.

“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.”

In the wake of her controversial comments, Steven has defended Molly-Mae and suggested that it is "double standards."

He wrote on Twitter on Friday 7 January: “Molly Mae did an interview on my podcast, yesterday a soundbite from that interview went viral, she trended No.1 on Twitter, every newspaper covered it and MP's weighed in.

“I've had male guests say what she said. No one cared. But when Molly says it, she's crucified? Crazy.”

He continued: “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 women, she's got to tip toe around her success and watch her words?"

“Gender issues aside, the standard we hold Molly Mae to as a 22 year-old that's figuring out the world is absolutely outrageous.

“She once said she didn't like Italian food, it trended No.1 all day, was written about in every newspaper and she had to issue a public apology. 22.”

In the wake of the backlash she’s received,Molly’s reps have issued a statementwhere they said the 22 year old was "not commenting on anyone else's life or personal situation" and can "only speak of her own experience."

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