Molly-Mae Hague's dad Stephen has been slammed after defending his daughter after her recent comments sparked criticism.
Love Island star Molly-Mae, 22, has since broken her silence and issued an apology following her comments on The Diary Of A CEO podcast.
The blonde beauty's comments, where she said "we all have the same 24 hours in the day" sparked fury online, with many branding her remarks as "tone deaf".
Molly-Mae's police officer father Stephen later jumped to her defence, as he shared a statement highlighting that people had been "driven to death" by comments made on social media.
He also defended fellow influencer Elle Darby, after re-surfaced tweets showed her making racist, homophobic and fatphobic comments.
Stephen wrote: "It must be tough for the media stars, influencers and public figures. Especially the younger ones who are still learning the emotional rollercoaster of life.
"It hurts me to see people literally driven to death by cruel comments of people who don’t know the individuals and hide behind a keyboard often on fake accounts, cancelling someone for something 5,6,7 or 10 years ago, when a child is profoundly naïve and shows a real lack of emotional intelligence."
He then spoke specifically about his daughter as Stephen continued: "Then attacking people for a sentence made as part of an interview taken out of context – I wouldn’t mind but the CEO of Netflix appeared on a podcast called ‘the same 24hrs’ on which many well respected business leaders have appeared – not attacked or cancelled.
"I think the context of Molly’s words fit better with the title of that podcast 'we all have the same 24 hours in every day;.
"But it’s how we USE those 24 hours that makes the difference in our health, happiness and success” – but what do I know."
Molly-Mae's dad was later criticised online himself as one person wrote: "Molly Mae’s dad really coming to defend Ellie Darby and classing her rife racism as naive is disgusting."
Another added: "Molly-Mae’s dad sells Herbalife, f**king says it all really".
And a third remarked: "the apple never falls far from the tree".
It comes after Molly-Mae a statement and broke her silence on the backlash.
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In an Instagram Story to her 6.2million Instagram followers, Molly-Mae penned: "I wanted to come back online today as normal but I feel like before I do I just wanted to say this…
"When I say or post anything online, it is never with malice or ill intent. I completely appreciate that things can affect different people in different ways however I just want to stress that I would never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything that I say or do.
"I apologise to the people that have been affected negatively or misunderstood the meaning of what I said in the podcast, the intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience. Love to you all, always x."
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