Love Island’s Ikenna Ekwonna admits the villa knew Gemma Owen was footballer Michael Owen’s daughter ‘from the second day’


Apparently the villa has known all along that Gemma Owen is the daughter of ex-footballing legend Michael Owen (Picture: gemowendressage_/themichaelowen/instagram / Getty)

Dumped islander Ikenna Ekwonna has revealed the Love Island contestants have known that Gemma Owen is ex-footballer Michael Owen’s daughter.

19-year-old Gemma is the eldest daughter of the ex-footballing ace and his childhood sweetheart Louise Ball, yet despite being the daughter of a sporting legend, Gemma’s managed to keep it under wraps for quite some time now.

She recently referenced him in the Beach Hut, however, as of yet it was unknown whether the rest of the villa knew about her famous dad.

However, on Aftersun with Laura Whitmore, Ikenna, sat beside fellow dumped islander Amber Beckford, admitted: ‘We didn’t really know until like the second or third day.’

He added: ‘I don’t think the girls knew, like the guys knew.’

Last night, in an Unseen Bits clip, Gemma finally mentioned her dad in the privacy of the Beach Hut, although she didn’t name him.

Gemma Owen
Gemma finally mentioned her famous dad in the Beach Hut (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Instead, she used his famous footballing phrase following a segment where the islanders were asked to do their best celebrity impression, with new bombshell Antigoni Buxton mimicking her celebrity chef mum, Tonia Buxton.

‘There’s no way I’m going to do my dad,’ Gemma said to the camera, where the other contestants couldn’t hear her.


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She continued: ‘But people always do the classic, “If they don’t score, they don’t win.”

‘It’s something like that. It’s some bulls**t or whatever,’ she added.

Love Island continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

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