Love Island’s Gemma Owen is no stranger to the spotlight as the daughter of former Manchester United and Liverpool footballer Michael Owen. But despite fans of the ITV2 show knowing who Gemma’s famous dad is, the international dressage rider seems to have kept the news pretty quiet amongst her fellow Islanders.
Apart from mentioning her dad in her introduction video, viewers have not yet heard or seen Gemma name-drop the football legend. This has left Love Island fans wondering whether or not the contestants know about the 19-year-old’s famous connection.
But on Sunday night, ex-Islander Ikenna Ekwonna, who left the show last week after a shock double dumping alongside Amber Beckford, revealed that the stars were told she was the daughter of Michael Owen in unaired scenes just days after they moved in.
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Speaking to host Laura Whitmore on Aftersun last night, Ikenna said: “You know what’s mad? We didn’t really know until like the second or third day, but I don’t think the girls knew that the guys knew.”
This revelation has prompted some viewers to speculate that the news may have influenced Luca Bish’s decision to pursue Gemma early on in the series. Luca and Gemma were coupled up for over a week until bombshell Danica Taylor decided to take a chance and choose Luca in the recoupling, but the pair have since recoupled.
Despite last night’s drama, which saw Gemma enraged after Ekin-Su spread gossip following Dami Hope’s attempts to read Gemma’s mind about her relationship with fishmonger Luca, Gemma and Luca appear to be going from strength to strength.
And after seeing some unearthed images of Michael Owen and baby-faced Gemma from back in the day, Love Island fans are convinced that Luca has a lot in common with the former striker.
In the adorable photos, toddler Gemma is wearing matching jerseys with her dad at Newcastle United’s ground and is seen enjoying a day out at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2005.
As the throwback pictures circulated social media, viewers picked up on the fact that Luca looks a lot like Michael Owen in his younger days.
On a TikTok video which has amassed 4 million views, Love Island fans all rushed to share the same comments.
“Luca and her dad look identical,” wrote one, whilst another said: “I swear Luca looks like her dad.”
“Luca is a copy and paste of her dad omg,” said another fan as another added: “Luca and her dad are the same person.”
Some even went so far as to say that Gemma’s ex Jacques also looks like Michael Owen, “Luca and Jacques both look like him.”