island of love is officially back with a brand new group of contestants and a new mansion.
However, one contestant has already garnered more attention than the others – Gemma Owen, daughter of former England soccer star Michael Owen.
Gemma is the youngest competitor to come to the island this year at just 19 years old. She is an international dressage rider for Great Britain and competed at the 2021 European Championships. She is also a business owner and launched her brand OG Beachwear earlier this year.
Gemma told that Daily mail that her famous father isn’t exactly “gushing about me island of love“. However, he told her, “I’m not going to tell you what to do.”
“He is very supportive in whatever I decide to do. He didn’t have a massive tantrum or anything like that. He was pretty cold, trusting me not to do anything that might embarrass him. He took it quite well,” she added.
Gemma had told that before post Earlier this year that she didn’t think about entering the mansion. “I am looking island of love every summer, but right now I wouldn’t consider that because I’m not looking for love right now,” she said.
“I’m not sure I could kiss 10 guys in a row. But I think it’s a great show.
“But boys aren’t hot right now and my dad wouldn’t be at all happy if I came back and said, ‘I’ll keep going island of love‘.”
What changed her mind, Gemma said: “I’m open to finding love, I want to have a really fun summer. I was dating someone and then it didn’t work out, so I was like, ‘Why not?’”
When asked how competitive she is, Gemma said when it comes to relationships: “I will always do what I want. But at the same time, I will not screw up anyone who is in a real relationship or stand in the way of a couple when they have a real connection. I wouldn’t do anything to another girl that I wouldn’t be happy about if they did it to me.”
Gemma started the series together with Davide. The eight-year age difference between them sparked backlash from viewers, with many questioning if the relationship was appropriate.
However, she then reconnected with Luca.
On Sunday’s episode (Episode June 12), the Villa were shocked to learn that new contestant Jacques O’Neill was actually Gemma’s ex-boyfriend.
Bookmakers are already placing bets on who will win the series while you can find The Independent‘s own predictions here.
island of love returns on ITV2 at 9pm.
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