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Molly-Mae Hagues bitter lows and dizzying highs as fans blast tone deaf comments

Molly-Mae Hague left the Love Island villa in 2019 with new boyfriend Tommy Fury at her side.

Since becoming runner up on the ITV show her life has been transformed. Her luxury lifestyle, career and relationships have fascinated many people.

While Molly-Mae has undoubtedly become one of the most successful Love Island stars, she's also experienced her fair share of bitter lows.

Here is a look back at her time in the spotlight so far…

'Tone deaf' comments

Speaking to Steven Bartlett on his podcast, The Diary of a CEO, Molly-Mae 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 said.

She 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.”

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.

“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".

Some social media users have compared Molly-Mae to Margaret Thatcher.

Embracing her natural beauty

Speaking on the podcast, The Diary of a CEO, Molly-Mae recalled the moment her sister Zoe informed her that her fillers did not look good.

"It was actually only until my sister said to me, she was like, 'We need to sort this out'. It took her to tell me," the 22 year old said.

Molly-Mae admitted that she regrets some of the cosmetic procedures she has been through, telling social media followers she’d “[got] things done that I didn’t necessarily need to get done and didn’t think through at the time”.

She also warned: “Wait a good few years until your face has matured and then make decisions about cosmetic work and stuff. Please don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Some 1.6 million people have watched a YouTube video of Molly-Mae having her lip fillers dissolved while a further million have watched her composite bonding reversal – a treatment that involves adding material to the teeth to create a desired look.

Her honesty was praised, and even inspired an OK! writer.

Buying a dog from Russia

Molly-Mae was given Pomeranian Mr Chai as a gift for her 21st birthday by boyfriend Tommy.

They sparked outrage after it was revealed they imported their new puppy from Russia during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Are you realllllly telling me that Tommy Fury thought its was necessary to get Molly Mae a puppy from Russia, for it to be a Pomeranian, a breed widely available in the UK, without the dog having to suffer from all the travel laughable".

The heartbroken Love Island stars revealed their Pomeranian had died after just four days in their care.

According to the autopsy results, the puppy was born with a deformed skull, meaning that his brain was partially exposed.

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The couple uploaded a 12 minute video to YouTube discussing the sad situation.

"People that are saying we bought him for Instagram likes, please stop saying that," said Molly-Mae.

"Our lives are on social media, my full-time job is to show you guys what I’m doing. If I didn’t have Instagram, he wouldn’t be on Instagram.

"We’re not asking for any kind of sympathy. What’s happened is awful. I’m asking you to understand that the dog travelling from Russia is not the reason he died."

Healthy relationship with Tommy

Amongst the craziness of their new lives, Molly-Mae and Tommy have been able to maintain a happy relationship and are clearly very in love with each other.

Tommy recently whisked his girlfriend off for a whirlwind trip to New York, where they even discussed a possible proposal in 2022.

Molly-Mae recently shared the secret to their happy relationship saying, "One thing that I find so key in our relationship and it’s the most important thing that I think in any relationship is trust. We have that complete and utter trust in one another and in a relationship, that’s all you need to survive.

"If you’ve got that trust, everything else just falls into place because he could literally go away for weeks on end and there’s not a doubt in my mind that if he was to be around a load of girls, I could sleep peacefully at night knowing he’s for me and I’m for him and that’s that.

"You’ve got trust, you’ve got everything."

Giveaway gone wrong

Molly-Mae broke advertising rules on Instagram with the running of a competition to win £8,000 worth of prizes on Instagram to celebrate one million YouTube subscribers in September 2020 when she admitted to not putting all entries into the draw to win.

Although Molly-Mae likely had good intentions to treat one of her followers, she came under fire from the UK's advertising watchdog ASA who said she "had been unable to provide evidence the winners had been randomly and picked fairly."

One lawyer suggested at the time to the BBC that the authority is now looking at a wider range of cases against influencers and competitions they run online.

Donating profits

Molly-Mae donated 100% of the profits from a Pretty Little Thing collection to a mental health charity after the tragic death of Caroline Flack.

Hoping to raise awareness for mental health, Molly-Mae said she and the fashion retailer will donate the money to charity Mind.

Taking to Instagram, Molly-Mae said alongside a promotional image: “Myself and the @prettylittlething team cancelled our launch dinner last night out of respect to Caroline and her family at this difficult time.

“We have decided to donate 100% of the profits of our latest edit together to @Mindcharity.

“Launching today, the donations will help Mind provide advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems.”

The robbery

While attending a BeautyWorks event Molly-Mae and Tommy's Manchester apartment was targeted by robbers and around 800k of goods were taken.

"Basically, Tommy and I were robbed a couple of weeks ago now and it was without a doubt the worst thing that's ever happened to me – to us I'd probably say for him," she explained on YouTube.

"And it was just awful, horrendous, terrible. So we've been dealing with a lot.

"Our apartment was robbed, ransacked, emptied, you name it."

"The saddest thing about all of this," she said through tears. "I don't know why I'm getting upset because I was fine going into this video but when I speak about the apartment and moving out of it, that is the saddest part of this whole situation for me.

"It's not the things that were taken, it's not feeling violated of our space, it is literally the sole fact that we had to leave out apartment like that. That will never get any easier for me because that apartment was literally my happy place."

Becoming Creative Director of Pretty Little Thing

Following on from the huge success of her previous collections with fashion giant PrettyLittleThing, the CEO of the company Umar Kamani went one step further and made the 22-year-old Creative Director of the brand.

She said of the milestone moment in her career, "I think that the 15-year-old me is screaming to get to work with them and being asked to be creative director is just obviously no one could dream of doing that, it’s just crazy.”

While many of the former Love Island star’s fans congratulated her on her promotion, others have urged her to use her position of power to help make positive change within the business.

“Would love to see you use your new influence, leverage and power to push for your garment workers to be paid above a living wage! As CD workers are now your priority too,” Gina Martin tweeted following the announcement.

“[In 2020, it was revealed @OfficialPLT paid their Leicester workers £3.50 p/hour which is slave labour.]”

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