‘We didn’t break any rules!’ Molly-Mae Hague defends herself as she and beau Tommy Fury are slammed for jetting off to the Maldives amid Tier 4 lockdown
Molly-Mae Hague hit back at online criticism on Sunday, after she was slammed for jetting off to the Maldives as millions of Britons are plunged into a Tier 4 lockdown.
The 21-year-old Love Island star – who flew to the idyllic islands with beau Tommy Fury, also 21, following a break in Dubai – has insisted she didn’t break any rules, as the couple left their Manchester home under Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the influencer revealed that she had been inundated with angry messages as she admitted she couldn’t ‘wrap [her] head around’ the draconian limits of Tier 4, particularly with Christmas rapidly approaching.
Defence: Molly-Mae Hague hit back at online criticism on Sunday, after she was slammed for jetting off to the Maldives as millions of Britons are plunged into a Tier 4 lockdown
She wrote: ‘In response to the messages I’m already getting about us being away throughout this time… Please understand that Tommy and I left the UK from Cheshire which was in Tier 2 at the time. We didn’t break any rules coming away.
‘If we knew these rules were going to be put in place then obviously we would have never left the UK. The minute we arrive home we will be following government guidelines.’
Before defending herself, the reality star had shared her shock at the new Tier restrictions, enacted amid rising cases of a new strain of the novel coronavirus.
She wrote: ‘I can’t wrap my head around the news of Tier 4 rules being [enforced] just before Christmas. The thought of my poor nana having to spend Christmas alone in her house just absolutely breaks my heart.
Jet-setting lovebirds: The 21-year-old Love Island star flew to the idyllic islands with beau Tommy Fury, also 21, following a break in Dubai
Following guidelines: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Molly-Mae insisted she didn’t break any rules, as the couple left their Manchester home under Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions
‘I’m thinking of everyone at home and especially my followers who are now in a Tier 4 category and won’t be able to spend Christmas with their families, like myself. We will get through Covid stronger… Love you all.’
Her boxer beau Tommy also shared his reaction to the news on Instagram, writing: ‘So unbelievably sad to hear about the Tier 4 lockdown rules being put in place for Christmas…. what a way to end the year.
‘I’m thinking of everyone at home right now, I know how hard Christmas can be for people even without being apart from the people they love…. Let’s all pray for a better 2021.’
On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson slapped new draconian measures in a desperate bid to combat a surge in cases caused by a ‘mutant’ strain of coronavirus, just days after he said it would be ‘inhuman’ to cancel Christmas.
Reaction: Before defending herself, the reality star had shared her shock at the new Tier restrictions, enacted amid rising cases of a new strain of the novel coronavirus
Heartbroken: Molly spoke about her heartbreak at the idea of her grandmother having to spend Christmas alone, which she also provided information for a helpline
The extraordinary U-turn has ruined the plans of millions who intended on spending the holiday with families.
Under the new Tier 4 rules non-essential shops – as well as gyms, cinemas, casinos and hairdressers – have to stay shut and people are limited to meeting one other person from another household in an outdoor public space.
Those in Tier 4 were told they should not travel out of the region, while those outside were advised against visiting. In the rest of England, Christmas easing has been severely curtailed, with households allowed to gather for just one day – Christmas Day itself – rather than the five days previously planned.
Meanwhile the UK’s European neighbours, including Italy, Holland, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic have banned flights from the UK, with Germany and Ireland also considering limiting passengers.
Getaway: Like his girlfriend, hunky Tommy has been sharing a slew of posts from his getaway
Post: On Sunday, he also shared a supportive message with his fans as he reacted to the news
The day before the measures were announced, Molly-Mae declared she was a ‘happy girl’ as she shared a radiant snap from her Maldives holiday on Friday night.
She showcased her toned figure in a cut-out gingham patterned crop top.
Molly-Mae teamed the item of clothing with a pair of high-waisted ripped mom jeans as she posed during a meal out.
The reality star styled her blonde locks into a voluminous wavy hairdo and she added a slick of radiant make-up.
Molly-Mae appeared in good spirits as she beamed to the camera and captioned the photo with: ‘Happy girl’.
Return: It is not known when the couple will be returning from their idyllic Indian Ocean trip
Eatery: Tommy took to Instagram to share a peek at the underwater restaurant they dined at
It comes after the influencer shared sizzling bikini snaps to mark her arrival on the idyllic island, as she caption the shots: ‘Woke up in my favourite place in the world.’
The Love Island 2018 runner-up showcased her incredible figure in a khaki bikini as she posed in the water in a series of snaps posted to Instagram on Thursday.
Molly-Mae appeared to have enjoyed a morning dip in the clear blue sea judging by her wet locks, while she was also flaunting a sun-kissed tan.
The reality personality accessorised her beach look with a selection of beaded bracelets and silver rings.
Luxury living: Molly-Mae showcased her incredible figure in a skimpy khaki bikini as she posed in the water in a series of snaps posted to Instagram on Thursday
Incredible: Molly-Mae shared further snaps of their jaw-dropping trip on her Instagram Stories, as she shared a clip while panning across the white sand beach.
The stunning backdrop to Molly-Mae’s snap showed an incredible seascape with a hammock tied between two pieces of driftwood.
It also revealed the accommodation Molly-Mae and her boyfriend Tommy are staying in, as a floating wooden villa was also visible in the background.
Molly-Mae shared further snaps of their jaw-dropping trip on her Instagram Stories, as she shared a clip while panning across the white sand beach.
The influencer gushed over her hunky beau as she shared a shirtless snap of the boxer on her Story with a selection of heart eye emojis.
Molly-Mae marked her return to the Maldives with a clip of the water walk way which ran between the villas, alongside the caption: ‘Back in my favourite place in the world.’
Loved-up! The influencer gushed over her hunky beau, also 21, as she shared a shirtless snap of the boxer on her Story with a selection of heart eye emojis
I’m back! Molly-Mae marked her return to the Maldives with a clip of the water walk way which ran between the villas, alongside the caption: ‘Back in my favourite place in the world’
She also posted an incredible floral display which had been left on their bed to welcome them back to the resort.
It comes after Molly and Tommy sparked speculation that they got engaged after he called her his ‘wife’ in an Instagram post during their romantic Dubai getaway.
Molly-Mae set further tongues wagging as she opted for bridal white in a recent Instagram post, as she sizzled in a simple yet stunning white swimsuit.
The stunner pulled her well practised pout for the camera, as she showcased her incredible figure in the one-piece layered beneath a baggy shirt.
All white? Molly-Mae went for bridal white in her latest Instagram post, as she sizzled in a simple yet stunning white swimsuit
Molly-Mae looked stunning as she posed up a storm in the white one-piece, while ensuring she took advantage of her sunny getaway for snaps.
In a nod to her love of all things designer, she turned her back to show her Balenciaga shirt and also clutched a Prada handbag.
The snap was posted shortly after Tommy shared a photo of the pair with their arms around each other at the beach.
The boxer captioned the snap: ‘Happy wife, happy life’, as he gazed lovingly at his other half, who leaned in for a smooch.
Although ‘happy wife, happy life’ is a well-known saying, it still didn’t stop many of the couple’s fans from speculating they are set to tie the knot.
One user wrote: ‘YOU GOT ENGAGED?’ while several simply commented: ‘wife?’ as they demanded answers on the couple’s current relationship status.
Another fan wrote: ‘Wait did they get engaged?’ while one added: ‘Please tell me you put a ring on it.’ Molly-Mae commented on the post with an Earth emoji but didn’t remark on any of the fan speculation.
They joined Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor, who recently confirmed their romance after months of speculation.
Loved-up: It came after Tommy sparked speculation he has asked Molly-Mae to marry him after he called her his ‘wife’ in an Instagram post on Sunday
‘Wife’: The boxer captioned the snap: ‘Happy wife, happy life’, as he gazed lovingly at his other half who leaned in for a smooch
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