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Who is Jacques O'Neill? Meet Love Island 2022 contestant and Gemma Owen's ex

Everything you need to know about Jacques O'Neill after he joined the Love Island villa.

Jacques laughing while on a date with Paige in Love Island 2022
Published: Monday, 27th June 2022 at 11:50 am
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Jacques O'Neill may have joined the 2022 Love Island villa a week later than the OG islanders, but he has already been on quite the journey.


When Jaques first arrived, Gemma Owen shocked her fellow islanders by revealing he was her ex. Though the pair had a few catch-up chats, Jaques soon turned his attention to Welsh paramedic Paige Thorne.

With Paige now getting to know Jay Younger, Jaques has realised just how much he likes Paige.

Will Jaques be able to win back Paige? We'll have to wait and see.

Read on to learn about Jaques O'Neill, his dating history, his rugby career, and, of course, all of his Love Island drama so far.

Who is Jacques O'Neill - Key facts

Age: 23

From: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Job: Rugby player

Who is Jacques coupled up with? Danica Taylor

Jacques O'Neill is an English professional rugby league footballer who most recently played as a hooker or loose forward for the Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League.

He previously played for the Leigh Centurions and Halifax in the Betfred Championship on loan and dual registration from Castleford.

Is Jacques on Instagram?

He sure is! Nearly 87k people are following him @jacques9oneill_ and it would appear that social media users can't get enough of all his rugby snaps - or maybe it's his cute dog.

Is Jacques O'Neill Gemma's ex-boyfriend?

Gemma Owen
Gemma Owen ITV

It's thought that Jacques and Gemma were together for around a year and that they broke up within the last 12 months.

During a preview of Sunday night's Love Island episode (12th June), Gemma could be heard telling others islanders that her ex was entering the villa, shortly after a video clip of Jaques appeared on the screen.

In a previous episode, Gemma revealed that her dad had met her ex-boyfriend and they had a close relationship, alluding many to think Jacques could be this ex Gemma was referring to.

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