Michael Owen's daughter is in this year's Love Island and fans can't believe how much she sounds like her famous footballing father.
19-year-old Gemma appeared on the first episode of the 2022 edition of the ITV2 hit show on Monday night and was immediately coupled up with Liam Llewelleyn, who has a masters in strength and conditioning and wants to work in football.
Much to the surprise of many, Gemma, an international dressage rider who has 12 horses, did not mention that her dad is the 2001 Ballon d'Or winner.
She did reveal her surname but none of the fellow islanders put two and two together - even Liam despite the 22-year-old telling her, "I feel like you’ve been with an ex-footballer or something".
Gemma Owen, daughter of Michael Owen, is favourite to be the top female contestant on this year’s #LoveIsland 🏝— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) May 30, 2022
Her father stated that “if she stays in the villa the longest, I think she might win.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/gFXG1VyktG
But viewers watching online could quite easily that Gemma was related to Owen - many believing that she sounds exactly like the former England and Liverpool striker.
Michael Owen's daughter sounds exactly like him and has the same sort of jokes.— Paddy Keogh (@OddsOnFPL) June 6, 2022
How can a guy who's done a qualification in sports and football whos paired with a world famous football players daughter not click who she is??? She has her dads surname and sounds spit of him 🤦♀️🤷♀️#loveisland #michaelowen— lynn blackledge (@diddyfeet) June 7, 2022
Michael Owen’ daughter sounds more like Michael Owen than Michael Owen does 😂— CH🙌🏽 (@CH_WHU6) June 6, 2022
Michael Owens daughter sounds far too much like Michael Owen— Laurie Smith (@lauriesmith1874) June 6, 2022
Michael Owen’s daughter sounds like Michael Owen…— SALTIRE13.COM (@SALTIRE13BRAND) June 6, 2022
This is gonna be a long summer #loveisland
How had no one realised Gemma is Michael Owen’s daughter. She dropped the last name and sounds exactly like him 🤣🤣🤣 #loveisland— Charlie❤️ (@CharlieJKilner) June 6, 2022
Michael Owen’s daughter sounds exactly like him but with a female voice. It’s so weird and I keep expecting her to tell me the team who scores more goals will will. #LoveIsland— Will Sugg (@SuggWillSugg) June 6, 2022
Gemma is the eldest of four children Owen has with childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall. She represented team GB at the European Championships in 2021 but also has 149,000 followers on Instagram and launched swimwear brand OG Beachwear in the height of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In an interview with The Mirror prior to her entrance in the villa, Gemma revealed her dad's reaction to her going in the reality show.
“He is very supportive in whatever I decide to do so he didn’t have a massive tantrum or anything like that," she said.
"He was pretty chilled.
“He said, ‘You know how to behave. You just go and do it’. My mum’s bit of advice was, ‘Gem, remember to keep it classy’.”
Owen himself has given his honest thoughts on his daughter's appearance and revealed he will be tuning it for the first time this year.
He told ITV: "I have no doubts that she will make us all proud, it's probably a father's worst nightmare, but whatever she wants to do you've got be supportive.
"It's been different without her in the house. I've got other kids and my wife and it's been quite tough because she's had to switch her phone off and we've had no contact for a couple of weeks so that's been the hard bit.”
Featured Image Credit: Image: Gemma Owen & ITV2
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