ITV Love Island viewers ‘feel old’ as Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma reveals her age

The daughter of former Liverpool and Manchester United footballer Michael Owen joined the Love Island squad in 2022, and viewers ‘felt old’ when she revealed her age to fellow islanders. The BG team dressage rider caught the eye of her new friends at the Mallorca villa when she told them she was 19.

And viewers watching the launch of the eighth series said they ‘felt old’ as they tuned in to see sun-coupled singles in the ITV2 dating competition. @katholmes27 tweeted: “Gemma was born in the 2000s, that’s not right. »

@RachaelYo said: “I still can’t get over the fact that Gemma was only able to legally drink for 12 whole months. @liv_liv_liv__ asked, “Gemma turned 19 on May 1st??? she was born in 2003?? »

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@iMallyUK said: “Gemma was born in 2003. She was 12 when #LoveIsland premiered. Let it sink in. And @SophiLH_ said in mock indignation: “So Gemma was born in 2002/2003?? I turn off the TV. »

@paulruddTD commented: “Sorry but I can’t let it record that Gemma was born in 2003 sorry no. @escandrew47 said, “Gemma being born in 2003, I feel so old. »

Gemma is part of the Love Island class of 2022
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@EleanorRoscuro commented: “That feeling of foreboding across the British Isles when Gemma said she was only 19. And @emmakinlochxx said, “I grew up with Gemma’s dad! I officially feel old. »

Viewers were waiting to see if Gemma would mention her famous dad after she vowed not to brag about him. “I want people to know me for me – not just as the daughter of a former footballer,” she said.

“My dad was probably at the end of his career when my ex-boyfriends were born,” she noted. And in her intro video, she joked: “It would be nice if I scored in the villa. Look what I did there? »

ITV Love Island viewers feel old as Michael Owens daughter
Gemma was paired with Liam
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Viewers cringed as Gemma, who was in a relationship with student Liam Llewellyn, got off to a rocky start with her fellow islander as she pressed him about being a student and future career plans. And she looked uncomfortable when he told her he wanted to work in football.

@PR33Y4 laughed, “Hahahaha #gemma and #liam #LoveIsland talk to him about wanting to work in sports, especially football! Wait until he finds out she’s #michaelowens’ daughter! Hahahaha. @nashielouise commented, “Gemma and Liam give me secondary embarrassment. »

@kay___ldn wrote, “Gemma and Liam aren’t that…” @georgegriffiths observed, “Gemma tries not to tell Liam his dad is Michael Owen. And @SarinaWing said, “Gemma tries not to name her dad as soon as Liam mentioned football. »

Before entering the villa, she said former England striker Michael, 42, was “not 100 per cent happy” with her participation. And she has vowed to avoid ‘disrespecting or embarrassing’ him by having sex on camera during the show set in Mallorca, reports the Mirror.

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Michael Owen with his daughter Gemma and wife Louise
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

“They trust me not to do anything to embarrass them, so I don’t think I would have sex in the villa,” she said of her parents, Michael and Louise. “I think what my family thinks will always be at the forefront of my mind because they are the most important thing to me and the opinion that matters most to me. »

Michael didn’t forbid her from dating in the villa and her mother’s advice was “remember to keep it classy”. “My dad didn’t really give me a lot of advice,” she said. “He said, ‘I’m not going to tell you what to do and what not to do – you know how to behave. Go ahead and do it.

And Gemma reckons Michael, who was unmasked as Donuts on ITV’s goofy singing show The Masked Singer earlier this year, would be secretly thrilled if she brought a player home. “I’m sure if I went out with a footballer he would be very happy because he would have something in common with them – I don’t think he would be bored. ” she says.

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