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Who is Gemma Owen? Love Island 2022 star and Michael Owen's daughter

The England footballer's daughter has entered the villa this season.

Gemma Owen in Love Island 2022
Published: Monday, 27th June 2022 at 11:45 am
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Things in the 2022 Love Island villa are heating up with romances brewing and drama lurking at every turn.


Gemma Owen, the 19-year-old daughter of footballer Michael Owen, was one of the OG islanders from the original 2022 line-up. From the very beginning, she's never disappointed when it comes to drama.

Although the young islander was first drawn to Davide Sanclimenti, she soon turned her attention to Luca Bish. So far, the couple seem perfectly happy together - aside from one little bump in the road when newcomer Danica Taylor stole Luca during a recoupling.

We don't know what lies ahead for Gemma - but 30% of fans believe that she has no plans to reveal her famous dad any time soon. Could there be a Michael Owen bombshell in her future? Will she and Luca make it all the way to the finale? Only time will tell.

Read on to learn more about Gemma Owen and her Love Island experience so far.

Gemma Owen - Key facts

Gemma Owen arrives in the Love Island villa ITV/Lifted Entertainment

Age: 19

From: Chester

Job: International dressage rider and business owner

Who is Gemma Owen coupled up with? Luca Bish

Who is Gemma Owen's ex?

Jacques O'Neill laughing on Love Island
Jacques O'Neill in Love Island ITV

Jacques O’Neill – Gemma's rugby player ex-boyfriend – entered the Love Island villa last week.

The 23-year-old plays for Castleford Tigers in the Super League.

The player has made 29 appearances for the club since joining in 2019 and was named in England Knights' performance squad in 2021 – and is reported to have dated Gemma for about a year before splitting at some point in the last 12 months.

Who is Gemma Owen's dad?

Name: Michael Owen

Age: 42

Job: Former English footballer

Gemma Owen is the daughter of former England footballer Michael James Owen.

Michael played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.

Since retiring from football in 2013, he has become a racehorse breeder and owner and regularly features as a sports pundit and commentator.

Earlier this year, he appeared on The Masked Singer as the character Doughnuts.

Michael Owen
Gemma is the daughter of former footballer Michael Owen Getty Images

Ahead of Love Island 2022, Gemma revealed that her dad wasn't happy she signed up for Love Island, saying: "I still wouldn't say he was buzzing about the fact. But he's very supportive with whatever I decide to do. He didn't have a massive tantrum or anything like that. It was pretty chilled. He sort of trusts me not to do anything and not to embarrass him or anything like that. So I guess he took it quite well."

During the first episode, Gemma didn't reveal to the other contestants who her dad is, however, Liam picked up that she knows a lot about football, asking if she'd dated a footballer.

Gemma previously told and other press that Michael wasn't at all happy she signed up.

Who is Michael Owen married to?

Michael Owen has been married to his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonshall since 2005. The pair met at primary school in 1984, and became a couple while at Hawarden High School in Flintshire, Wales.

They got engaged in 2004 on Valentine's Day, which is also Louise's birthday, and tied the knot a year later.

According to The Sun, Louise has been described as "not your typical WAG," and has a passion in rescuing horses.

The couple have four children together, including Gemma, who is the oldest.

They also have James Michael, Emily May and Jessica.

Why did Gemma Owen want to take part in Love Island?

Gemma Owen in Love Island 2022
Gemma Owen in Love Island ITV

Self-described as "fun, flirty and fiery", Gemma explained that she had been seeing someone but it didn't work out.

"I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, 'Why not?'," she explained of her reasons for joining Love Island.

She added: "I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer."

Is Gemma on Instagram?

She absolutely is and you can find her @gemowen_1. 356K people have already done so, making her one of the most popular contestants on the platform from this year's line-up.

What is Gemma Owen looking for in a partner?

Gemma hasn't defined her type on paper just yet, but she has talked about her competitive nature.

"Sport has always been a big thing for me and my family. My dad [Michael Owen] was a professional football player. I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11-years-old. I’ve travelled all across Europe competing in big arenas in big competitions. I would say I’m very competitive," she explained.

Which, of course, could mean things might get heated in the villa.

"I will always go for what I want," she said. "But at the same time, I’m not going to mess up something for someone who is in a proper relationship or get in the way of a couple if they have a genuine connection. I wouldn’t do anything to another girl that I wouldn’t be happy with them doing to me."

New episodes of Love Island air at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub every day except Saturday. Check out more of our Entertainment coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.


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