‘Gemma after the boys don’t recognise her last name’… Michael Owen’s daughter, 19, becomes a meme sensation after dropping hints about her famous father during her Love Island debut – but no one has a clue she’s related to the retired footballer!
- Fans joked that the 19-year-old beauty was hoping for some attention from her fellow islanders for her famous family
- During a discussion about names, Gemma mentioned her surname multiple times but none of her fellow Islanders noticed the connection
- Gemma again remained tight-lipped about her famous father during a discussion about football with her match Liam
- Latest news and updates on all of your favourite Love Island contestants
She entered the Love Island villa on Monday evening, hoping for a summer of love.
But Gemma Owen has received backlash from fans already – who poked fun about her not being recognised as former England striker Michael Owen’s daughter – despite her making a couple of subtle hints.
Fans joked that the 19-year-old beauty was hoping for some attention from her fellow islanders for her famous family, but they failed to recognise the Owen correlation.
Backlash: Love Island fans have slammed Gemma Owen, 19, after contestants don’t recognise her
During a discussion about names, Gemma mentioned her surname multiple times but none of her fellow Islanders noticed the connection.
Viewers were convinced Gemma was desperate to reveal her father’s identity with her name drop, while earlier in the episode she also dropped hints about her links to football.
During her first chat with Liam after they were matched by the public vote, international dressage rider Gemma discussed recent graduate Liam’s career aspirations, with the hunk saying he wanted to go into sport performance, before expressing his interest in working with football teams.
After a curious Gemma, who again remained tight-lipped about her famous father, asked if he played at a ‘decent level’, Liam them questioned: ‘I feel like you’ve been with an ex-footballer or something.’
Memes: Fans joked that the 19-year-old beauty was hoping for some attention from her fellow islanders for her famous family, but they failed to recognise the Owen correlation
Hints: Earlier in the episode she also dropped hints about her links to football to new beau Liam
The beauty denied having an interest in football, merely stated that she was ‘interested’ in hearing about his aspirations.
She also didn’t waste any time in mentioning her famous father in her video intro. Although she didn’t use his name she said competitiveness ‘is in my blood’ before telling the camera her father ‘has an opinion’ on the men she dates.
The dressage champion said she’s hoping to score in the villa, that would be the goal’ cheekily adding of her puns: ‘see what I did there’.
Posting a slew of memes to Twitter, viewers implied that Gemma was hoping for some more attention as she revealed her last name to the islanders, and was met with silence.
Entitled? She was branded ‘stuck up’ as viewers took to Twitter, jesting about her former England striker dad Michael Owen
Posting a picture of a confused Maura Higgins, one tweeted: ‘Gemma after the boys didn’t recognise her last name’.
And they even predicted her dad Michael’s reaction, joking that he can’t take the pain any longer’.
While others thought her famous roots didn’t serve her well, branding her ‘stuck up’ and ‘rude’.
One wrote: ‘Gemma Owen is either way too young to be on Love Island or is just extremely stuck up. She needs to leave.’
Last year’s contestant Chloe Burrows even joined in on the action, writing: ‘Gemma ur attitude STINKS mate’
Social media: Posting a slew of memes to Twitter, viewers implied that Gemma was hoping for some more attention as she revealed her last name to the islanders, and received no reaction
Unhappy: While others thought her famous roots didn’t serve her well, branding her ‘stuck up’ and ‘rude’
Gemma’s dad Michael retired from the pitch in 2013 after a 17-year career which saw him play for England as well as at club level for the likes of Liverpool, Real Madid and Manchester United.
Despite his illustrious career, many of the Love Islanders may not be too familiar with the ex footballer as most are in the early twenties and would have been children when he was at the height of his career in the early noughties.
Gemma previously insisted she wouldn’t be ‘bragging’ about her dad’s famous career to potential suitors, even if they’re die-hard football fans.
Keeping mum: Gemma previously insisted she wouldn’t be ‘bragging’ about her dad’s famous career to potential suitors, even if they’re die-hard football fans
Proud dad: Michael previously described Gemma as a ‘sensible girl’, explaining: ‘I’ve got no doubts that she’ll make us all proud’
First kiss: Gemma coupled up with Liam Llewelyn in the show’s first episode, but planted a kiss on hunky bombshell Davide Sanclimenti during a saucy game of dares
She said: ‘I don’t think I’m going to go in there and say ‘my dad was a footballer’ because I am not really that type of person but if they ask me what my parents do then I won’t keep it a secret, I’ll be honest but I won’t go in there bragging about it. I’ll only address it if people ask me.’
Gemma seemingly got off to a frosty start on Monday night, as she coupled up with Liam Llewelyn in the show’s first episode, but struggled to hit it off after being paired up the public vote.
And her head was seemingly turned already, planting a kiss on hunky bombshell Davide Sanclimenti during a saucy game of dares.
As the island girls settled down for a post-dares debrief, Gemma admitted she did feel there was ‘something missing’ in Liam, and she was most ‘physically attracted’ to Davide.
As the two got to know each other after fans voted for them to be coupled up together, things became slightly tense as Gemma branded the Masters student a ‘d**k’ following his condescending comment about strength and conditioning.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Location: Newport, South Wales
Occupation: Masters Student
Who is their type on paper? ’22 is a really nice age to meet someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you have time to grow together.
Love Island is a great opportunity to meet someone, you’re in with a load of different types so you can get to grips with what you really like.’
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
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