Love Island is officially back with a new set of contestants and a new village to boot.
However, one contestant has already drawn more attention than the rest: Gemma Owen, daughter of former English soccer star Michael Owen.
Gemma is the youngest contestant to join the island this year at just 19 years old. She is an international dressage rider from Great Britain and competed at the 2021 European Championships. She is also a business owner and launched her OG Beachwear brand earlier this year.
Gemma told the Daily Mail that his famous father isn’t exactly “upset about my involvement in Love Island”. However, he told her, “I’m not going to tell you what to do.”
“He is very supportive in whatever he decides to do. He didn’t have a massive tantrum or anything like that. He was quite calm, he trusts that I won’t do anything to embarrass him. He took it pretty well,” he added.
Gemma had previously told the Email earlier this year he was not considering entering the village. “I see Love Island every summer, but right now it’s not something I would consider doing because I’m not looking for love right now,” she said.
“I’m not sure I can kiss 10 men in a row. But I think it’s a great show.”
“But at the moment, men are not considered and my dad would not be very happy if I came back and said ‘I’m going to Love Island’”.
As for why she changed her mind, Gemma said: “I’m open to finding love, I want to have a really fun summer. She was dating someone and then that didn’t work out, so I thought, ‘Why not?’”
When asked how competitive she was, Gemma said that when it comes to relationships, “I will always go for what I want. But at the same time, I’m not going to mess something up for someone who’s in a proper relationship or get in the way of a couple if they have a genuine connection. I wouldn’t do anything I wouldn’t want done to me.”
Love Island returns Monday June 6 at 9pm on ITV2.