Love Island’s iconic narrator Iain Stirling is just as desperate as the rest of us for Gemma Owen to reveal to the other contestants that her dad is Michael Owen.
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.
Even in moments where we thought she’d finally spill, like when Luca Bish awkwardly brought up football and thought he’d know more than the famous footballer-turned-commentator, Gemma stayed silent, mentioning her dad without actually naming it.
Looks like it’s not going to be a repeat of Marcel’s Blazin’ Squad moments.
But, even Iain is getting sick of the waiting around, and is itching for Gemma to finally reveal her famous roots.
In last night’s commentary, Iain dropped in a frustrating: ‘When the hell will Gemma tell everyone that Michael Owen is her dad?!’
It can’t be too long a wait, especially after Gemma was close to finally naming her dad in her chat with Luca.
The 23-year-old fishmonger, who coupled up with Gemma stealing her from David Sanclimenti last night, asked Gemma whether her father would like him, the 19-year-old dressage rider replied: ‘You, because you’re sporty, you’re into football, into racing, I think my dad… I feel like you’d have stuff in common.’
‘I talk about football all the time. We’ll see if he knows what he’s talking about,’ Luca responded cheekily, obviously not yet knowing the identity of her dad.
For those like Luca who may need some intel, Gemma’s dad Michael played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.
After making his debut in the Premier League in 1997, the sports star finished as joint top scorer with 18 goals, sharing the Premier League Golden Boot. He played his first match for England in 1998, becoming England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time.
So it goes without saying fans found the moment painful to watch, with one commenting: ‘How’s Luca just said to Gemma “I know a lot about football so hopefully your dad does too” I’m screaming 😭 he is gonna be mortified #loveisland.’
Another added: ‘Lmaoooo not Luca saying he’ll see if Gemma’s dad knows stuff about football. She’s probs thinking, “you don’t know who ur talking to”.’
Who knows when Gemma will finally spill the team, and just how awkward it’ll be for Luca when she does.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.