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'so proud' Maura Higgins pays tribute to best friend Molly Mae as she releases autobiography

The pair have been close pals since meeting on Love Island

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Pals: Maura Higgins and Molly-Mae Hague. Photo: Instagram

Pals: Maura Higgins and Molly-Mae Hague. Photo: Instagram

Pals: Maura Higgins and Molly-Mae Hague. Photo: Instagram

Maura Higgins has paid tribute to her best friend Molly Mae as she revealed she is set to release an autobiography.

The 22-year-old revealed to fans on Thursday that she is released a book titled ‘Becoming Molly-Mae’.

The autobiography is set to tell Molly’s story from a young girl to when she found fame on reality TV show Love Island and beyond.

Taking to Instagram, Maura shared the news and said, “So proud of you everyday,” tagging her pal in the post.

The pair who met on the ITV dating show in 2019 have been close pals ever since.

Maura recently came to Molly’s defence when she was slaughtered online for making tone-deaf comments about her privilege and work ethic.

Speaking on Steve Bartlett's The Diary of a CEO, Molly-Mae said: "You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.

"When I’ve spoken in the past I’ve been slammed a little bit, with people saying, ‘It’s easy for you to say that, you’ve not grown up in poverty, you’ve not grown up with major money struggles. 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,” she continued.

"I understand we all have different backgrounds and we’re raised in different ways and have different financial situations, but if you want something enough you can achieve it.

"It just depends to what lengths you want to go to get to where you want to be in the future. And I’ll go to any length. I’ve worked my absolute arse off to get where I am now.”

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However, the influencer, who is also the creative director of fast fashion brand Pretty Little Thing and is paid a reported sum of £500,000 a year, was criticised for the comments.

Ellie-Mae O'Hagan, head of think tank CLASS, said: "The Molly-Mae thing goes beyond influencers.

"I've listened to people who have two jobs and still can't pay the bills make similar arguments.

"Most people are emotionally attached to the idea that hard work reaps rewards. How to address that is complex and not easy to answer."

BBC presenter Jess Davies tweeted: "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 Beyonce.

"The reality is that social inequality means there'll never be an even playing field.

"Race, Health, Gender, Social class, Sexuality, Mental Health, Disability - the list goes on. Society is not designed to give everyone equal opportunity and this is unfortunately just tone deaf straight out of a Girl Boss meme."

Other social media users turned to calling Hague a "Thatcherite" following her comments, with one calling her "Thatcher with a fake tan".

When Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips later took to Twitter to comment on the situation, Maura stepped in.

Shaughna said: "Molly Mae is young, who's had a lot of success really quickly, and not a lot of 'life'. So I can understand why she holds those views. We all say things when we're younger and look back and think 'well that was stupid' lol. No shade I wanna live in her bubble."

Maura commented saying that she was "surprised" to see Shaughna's input.

She replied: "Surely you know as someone in this industry how lonely and scary it can be when the whole internet is slamming you. Your [sic] entitled to your opinion yes but I'm really surprised you commenting on this at all."

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