Molly-Mae Hague has denied accusations that she “fixed” her viral Instagram competition.
Earlier this month, the Love Island star launched a massive giveaway on her Instagram page – to celebrate hitting one million subscribers on YouTube.
The giveaway prize includes multiple Louis Vuitton bags, numerous products from Apple, a years supply of her own tanning brand, and a full hair transformation from BeautyWorks.
The 22-year-old announced the competition winner on Monday, after deciding that the fairest way to pick was to select 25 people from the millions of entries – and to put those names into a random generator.
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GIVEAWAY!!! 1MILLION YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS❤️ I can’t put into words what this means to me. Since the age of 16 I’ve had this dream and goal in my mind and today we did it…. my mind is blown. Without you guys this dream would never have become a reality, so it’s only right that I give back. THIS IS MY CRAZY GIVEAWAY!!!! The thought of one of you receiving all of these things makes me so happy, I can’t wait to see who wins! To ENTER my giveaway and be in with the chance of winning £8000 worth of gifts (NO SPONSORS ALL FROM ME!) then follow the steps below: ✨like this post & tag a friend ✨subscribe to my YouTube ✨make sure you’re following @mollymaehague and @filterbymollymae ✨share this post to your story for a bonus entry You must complete all the above points for your chance to win. The more you tag the more chance you have of winning! You will win ALL of this Louis Vuitton luggage, LOTS of Apple goodies, a years supply of @filterbymollymae & a full BeautyWorks hair transformation. IT’S THAT SIMPLE *ends 20.09.20 at midnight* *This giveaway is not a paid partnership or in any way an affiliation of any brands that are included. Everything included has been purchased by me for this giveaway for you all to enjoy. The winner will be picked at random.
After taking to her Instagram Stories to reveal the competition winner, many followers accused the Love Island star of being “unfair” with her selection process – with some labelling it a “fix”.
One user took to Twitter writing: “Okay but how can Molly Mae get almost 3 million entries on her giveaway AND ONLY PICK OUT OF 25 PEOPLE??? How does she think that’s fair??”
Another tweeted: “i stan molly mae always but her only picking 25 people to be in with a chance of winning her giveaway out of over 2 million comments? it just ain’t on x”
Okay but how can Molly Mae get almost 3 million entries on her giveaway AND ONLY PICK OUT OF 25 PEOPLE??? How does she think that’s fair??
— Caitlin Jade x (@HoneymoonVinyl_) September 21, 2020
what a scam Molly Mae's giveaway was. nearly 3 million entries and she only picks 25 people to put in the random name generator lmfao
— maz 🦋 (@mazzzhenz) September 21, 2020
i stan molly mae always but her only picking 25 people to be in with a chance of winning her giveaway out of over 2 million comments? it just ain’t on x 😔
— aj (@aimeejanestrang) September 21, 2020
It was 1 in over a million chance of me personally winning Molly Mae’s giveaway but just generally I’m trying to understand how picking out 25 people out of over a million to THEN put in a generator is fair? 🤨😂 surely you’d just let a generator have the pick of everyone
— Sophie Turner (@SophieGT) September 21, 2020
putting 25 random comments in a generator was a bit of a shit way to do the giveaway molly mae, not really fair at all
— Sasha x (@bashperkinsx) September 21, 2020
So you lot were really scrambling around 2 weeks ago to submit to Molly Mae’s giveaway just for her to get her management to select 25 people from 2.9 million comments obvs benefiting the winner who submitted hours before the deadline🤣🤣🤒🤒
— Curtis Django West🇯🇲 (@CDWPD) September 21, 2020
molly mae should’ve just allowed 25 comment on the giveaway if she’s gna do it like that idiot
— emmagold (@emmagoldd) September 21, 2020
wait i don't get it, so molly mae done a giveaway and over 2 million people entered however, she only selected 25 people to win by placing their names in the generator? this is why i don't take part in the these insta giveaways 😭😂
— cinnamon (@ckb__x) September 21, 2020
Molly mae comp was a fix 😫
— CHERISSE JONES✨ (@cherisseox) September 21, 2020
Is it just or me or was the Molly Mae giveaway kinda unfair? Cause she said to enter the giveaway do this and that which 2mil+ did but she only used the random generator on 25 ppl so only they had a chance of winning tbh.. I don’t think this was executed very well
— namjintae (@namjintae1) September 21, 2020
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Molly-Mae responded to the backlash – explaining why she decided to pick 25 out of all the entries for the generator.
“For people saying that 25 names in a generator isn’t fair… We literally spent all week brainstorming the best way to pick,” she said.
“There was no software that would allow me to put in two million (I repeat 2 million) IG comments without logging in with my Insta password which I would never ever do.
“Let’s just all be happy for the winner please. It’s only a light-hearted giveaway. The 25 names had all entered more than once… including the winner. Let’s be happy for her! She deserves it!”
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