Amber Gill has branded Molly-Mae Hague’s comments about her success “very damaging”.
The 22-year-old faced major backlash last week, after a clip of her interview on The Diary Of A CEO podcast went viral.
The influencer was slammed for saying we all have “the same 24 hours in a day”, as many argued she’s had a much more privileged life than others.
I used to rate Molly Mae but she’s so tone deaf it’s disgusting.
She grew up with two police officer parents lol. Try telling this to someone who’s disabled or who’s parents chose drugs over them or didn’t get to even eat a meal everyday unless they were at school https://t.co/c3sbS3g7Uk
— Mr Grubworks (@Nath_S__) January 6, 2022
Molly-Mae has become a millionaire since she shot to fame on Love Island in 2019, thanks to her lucrative brand deals, and her role as creative director of PrettyLittleThing.
Amber, who appeared on the same season of Love Island as Molly-Mae, addressed her controversial comments in her latest Q&A YouTube video.
She said: “Do I believe that we all have the same 24 hours in a day? The short answer is no. What I will say is I don’t believe in inciting hatred, trolling, or just jumping on anyone in the public eye… I don’t want to add fuel to that fire.”
“However, do I think we all have the same 24 hours? I just don’t. Because I come from a mixed race background and I can see different perspectives I don’t have that view.”
“Social inequality is a massive thing whether its race, gender, sexual orientation, anything like that. To say we all have a level playing field is very damaging,” Amber added.
“I know that I’m a very lucky human being. I fell into Love island because I’m deemed ‘attractive’, which is luck… Obviously you’ve got to be deemed attractive on Love Island, you have to have people liking you, which is luck.”
“Not everyone is as fortunate as me showing my story, my personality and giving me air time. I was lucky with that. I was lucky in the fact that I won, I was lucky that people wanted to follow me…”
“I’m not saying it’s not hard work to get where you are even in this industry because it does and it clearly does take determination but it’s very damaging to say we all have the same 24 hours because we definitely don’t.”
The Newcastle native continued: “For me, I’m in a position where I can get on a flight to Dubai or get on a flight to London. I can buy cameras, tripods and clothes and do all these things that make it easier for me to get a step ahead that other people do not have the access to do.”
“So it’s not really fair to say we all have the same 24 hours. Essentially, technically everyone has 24 hours in a day, but do we have the same access to the same things that help us in the job?”
“Even if it’s supportive parents, or even having parents or having a place to live, not having to choose between your heating or feed your kids, or affording clothing or education, or just being able to afford everything to live a good standard of life.”
“It’s such a difficult topic of conversation and do I think Molly meant any harm or malice? No. There is some truth in what she’s saying that all Love Islanders have the same 24 hours to do what they need to do, fair enough. But everyone across the world, no, Most definitely not. That’s just my opinion.”