During a discussion about names, Gemma mentioned her surname multiple times but none of her fellow Islanders noticed the connection

Love Island 2022: Fans joke about Gemma Owen’s hints about her father #LoveIsland

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Viewers have poked enjoyable at ‘Gen Z’ Love Island contestants for apparently not figuring out who Michael Owen is after his daughter, Gemma, repeatedly ‘dropped hints’ about her hyperlink to the England star.       

Followers advised the 19-year-old hoped for some consideration from her fellow islanders for her well-known father, however they did not recognise her connection to the footballer, who retired in 2013. 

Twitter customers identified most Love Island contestants are of their early twenties, which means their early teenagers coincided with the tail-end of Owen’s profession when he was often saved on the bench. 

Owen grew to become England’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 18 within the 1998 World Cup and performed at Liverpool, Actual Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and, lastly, Stoke Metropolis. He’s now a pundit and final appeared on Saturday throughout Channel 4’s protection of the England v Hungary sport. 

During a discussion about names, Gemma mentioned her surname multiple times but none of her fellow Islanders noticed the connection

Throughout a dialogue about names, Gemma talked about her surname a number of instances however none of her fellow Islanders seen the connection

Michael Owen working as a pundit for Channel 4 during the England v Hungary game on Saturday

Michael Owen working as a pundit for Channel 4 through the England v Hungary sport on Saturday 

Some Twitter customers had been confused as to why Love Island stars did not cotton on to Gemma’s well-known connection, with one writing, ‘How can they not know who Michael Owen is?’ 

However others identified their age, with 4 of the contestants 23, one 22 and two 24.  

Daniel James wrote: ‘Gemma determined to inform individuals her dad is Michael Owen. Darling, these individuals in there are too younger to even know who Michael Owen is #LoveIsland2022

One other Twitter consumer added: ‘Aren’t these lot too younger to know who Michael owen is anyway? He was def a star for millennials not a lot gen z.’  

Throughout a dialogue about names, Gemma talked about her surname a number of instances however none of her fellow Islanders seen the connection.

Viewers had been satisfied Gemma was determined to disclose her father’s id along with her title drop, whereas earlier within the episode she additionally provided hints about her hyperlink to soccer.

Throughout her first chat with masters pupil Liam Lewellyn after they had been matched by the general public vote, worldwide dressage rider Gemma mentioned his profession aspirations. 

‘So what do you wish to do?’ Gemma requested.  

Father daughter Duo: Gemma pictured with her father Michael

Father daughter Duo: Gemma pictured along with her father Michael

During her first chat with masters student Liam Lewellyn after they were matched by the public vote, Gemma repeatedly asked repeated questions about his football career

Throughout her first chat with masters pupil Liam Lewellyn after they had been matched by the general public vote, Gemma repeatedly requested repeated questions on his soccer profession 

Liam replied: ‘Going into sport efficiency, working with soccer groups, ensuring they’re coaching the appropriate manner. Soccer’s my sport, I do not play anymore however I used to.’

‘Did you play at an honest degree?’

‘Nah probably not, I finished enjoying younger.’


‘I really feel such as you’ve been with an ex-footballer or one thing?’


Memes: Fans joked that the 19-year-old beauty was hoping for some attention from her fellow islanders for her famous family, but they failed to recognise the Owen correlation

Memes: Followers joked that the 19-year-old magnificence hoped for some consideration from her fellow islanders for her well-known household, however they did not recognise the Owen correlation

‘You have been with a footballer?’


‘Why did you ask me if I performed at an honest degree then?

‘I am .’ 

Gemma additionally did not waste any time hinting at her well-known father in her video intro. 

Though she did not use his title she mentioned competitiveness ‘is in my blood’ earlier than telling the digicam her father ‘has an opinion’ on the lads she dates.

The dressage champion mentioned she’s hoping to attain within the villa, that may be the aim’ cheekily including of her puns: ‘See what I did there’.

Viewers shared a slew of memes on Twitter joking about Gemma’s obvious keenness for fellow contestants to select up on her title – just for them to fail to select up the hints. 

Owen became England's youngest ever goalscorer aged 18 in 1998 and played at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and, finally, Stoke City

Owen grew to become England’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 18 in 1998 and performed at Liverpool, Actual Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and, lastly, Stoke Metropolis

Michael is said to be against his daughter Gemma appearing on Love Island

Michael is claimed to be in opposition to his daughter Gemma showing on Love Island  

Michael Who?! Love Island’s males – and lots of viewers – have not a clue who Gemma Owen’s ‘well-known’ father is… however he was as soon as the world’s BEST footballer, scored an iconic World Cup aim and performed for Liverpool, Man United AND Actual Madrid! 

By Oli Gamp for MailOnline 

Love Island’s most notable contestant on the 2022 collection belongs to probably the most well-known households in British sport. 

So some viewers had been left baffled when her male suitors on the present did not make the connection between Gemma Owen and her father Michael – as soon as the best footballer on Earth.

The Owens have develop into a family title in British sport and whereas Gemma hasn’t taken after her dad by lacing up her boots, she has develop into a dressage rider. She’s made no secret of her heritage and was dropping all types of hints in her Love Island promotional video when the present launched on Monday night time.

However after revealing what her final title was, there have been no lightbulbs popping up on anybody’s heads about who her well-known father was. Even a chat with one of many new boys – who had revealed he wished to enter sport efficiency and work with soccer groups – couldn’t assist him work out her relation to Owen Snr, now 42.

Gemma had requested her new match Liam if he had performed at a ‘first rate degree’, to which he replied: ‘I really feel such as you’ve been with an ex-footballer or one thing.’

Certainly lots of the public watching the present additionally appeared unaware of Gemma’s father’s credentials and significance to English soccer regardless of his numerous achievements and iconic recollections within the stunning sport.

Right here, Sportsmail breaks down the unimaginable profession of Michael Owen and why Love Island followers must be paying attention to him after his daughter set off for a summer season of affection in Majorca.

Former footballer Michael Owen's daughter Gemma has made an appearance on Love Island this year

But many fans - as well as this year's contestants - were not aware of the former Liverpool star

Many Love Island followers weren’t conscious of Gemma Owen’s well-known father Michael (L) after she made her entrance on the 2022 present  

Who’s Michael Owen?

Properly, he is solely one among England most iconic participant. And the final participant from this nation to win the Ballon d’Or – the award given to the world’s finest footballer – which he pulled off in 2001. 

Michael Owen started his career at Liverpool and quickly took English football by storm

Michael Owen began his profession at Liverpool and shortly took English soccer by storm

Again then he was enjoying for Liverpool, the membership the place he began his profession, and shortly grew to become one of many brightest skills in English soccer after scoring 23 targets in simply his second senior season within the 1997-1998 marketing campaign. 

That 12 months he collected his first 12 caps for England because the nation started to rave concerning the teenager, who was then simply a youngster. 

In reality, he grew to become the youngest participant to characteristic at a World Cup at France 1998 when he was despatched on as an alternative by Glenn Hoddle of their opening sport in opposition to Tunisia and was the youngest to attain within the match after discovering the web in opposition to Romania within the following match.

But it surely was the knockout phases of the competitors that basically put Owen on the map. 

He scored an iconic goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup in France by going past two players before smashing in a fantastic solo effort

He scored an iconic aim in opposition to Argentina within the 1998 World Cup in France by going previous two gamers earlier than smashing in a unbelievable solo effort

Owen was picked to begin in opposition to Argentina alongside Alan Shearer – who had scored the equaliser from the penalty spot – and it was the younger expertise who introduced himself with a sensational solo aim to place England in entrance. 

After being picked out by David Beckham, Owen collected the move and surged by way of on aim after out-muscling one Argentina participant, earlier than sidestepping one other, and thumping the ball into the nook. 

England followers throughout the nation had been despatched wild as an actual assertion was made that this was a particular participant to take significantly. Regardless that England went on to attract 2-2 and lose on penalties, it was a second watched by round 23million Brits on TV, which is without doubt one of the most watched UK sporting occasions in historical past. 

Owen's strike was a special moment in British sport during a game watched by 23m people

Owen’s strike was a particular second in British sport throughout a sport watched by 23m individuals

How did he win the Ballon d’Or?

After making a reputation for himself on the World Cup, Owen continued to excel for Liverpool and his huge 12 months got here in 2001. 

It noticed him rating 31 targets in that calendar 12 months to assist Liverpool win the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Tremendous Cup, and the FA Neighborhood Protect. 

Whereas he was unable to steer Liverpool to the Premier League or Champions League titles, his skills didn’t go unnoticed on the world stage as he grew to become simply the fourth British participant to ever win the Ballon d’Or after Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Charlton and Kevin Keegan. No Brit has gained it since.

He beat off fierce competitors for the award too, pipping Actual Madrid famous person Raul and England team-mate David Beckham to the distinguished honour.

The targets saved coming after selecting up the prize, scoring one other 75 instances throughout the subsequent three seasons earlier than a few of soccer’s elite golf equipment got here calling. 

Owen scored 31 times in 2001 for Liverpool and was crowned as the best player on the planet

Owen scored 31 instances in 2001 for Liverpool and was topped as the most effective participant on the planet

What golf equipment did he play for?

After leaving Liverpool, Owen made high-profile transfer to Actual Madrid – one of many greatest golf equipment in world soccer – then for a charge of £8million in 2004. 

Owen was given the well-known Quantity 11 shirt and joined Madrid’s glowing crew of ‘Galacticos’, together with Brazilian striker Ronaldo, Luig Figo, Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane and his England pal Beckham.

However Owen struggled to breed the performances that earned him rave opinions at Liverpool as he tailored to his new environment and was criticised by the Spanish press – although he nonetheless managed to finish the season with 16 targets.

In 2004 he sealed a high-profile move to Real Madrid - one of the biggest clubs in the world

In 2004 he sealed a high-profile transfer to Actual Madrid – one of many greatest golf equipment on this planet 

He finished off his playing days with Liverpool's rivals Manchester United

Owen had previously enduring a frustrating injury-plagued spell at Newcastle United

He later joined Newcastle (R), the place he struggled with accidents, earlier than later having success with Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United 


Liverpool – 297 video games, 158 targets, six trophies

Actual Madrid – 45 video games, 16 targets

Newcastle United – 79 video games, 30 targets

Manchester United – 52 video games, 17 targets, three trophies

Stoke Metropolis – 9 video games, one aim

England – 89 caps, 40 targets 

It grew to become clear that the transfer had not labored out for Owen and he was provided an instantaneous return to England after only one 12 months in Spain by Newcastle United – who paid a club-record charge of £16.5m to signal him. 

His arrival was greeted by followers like a God as tens of hundreds of supporters gathered to witness his unveiling as a Newcastle participant in 2005.

Owen’s time at Newcastle was blighted by accidents, nevertheless, and he managed simply 79 appearances in 4 years, scoring 30 instances. He later admitted he regretted transferring to Tyneside and that he would have most well-liked a return to Liverpool.

In 2009, with Owen leaving the membership on a free switch, he signed for Manchester United – who had been then essentially the most profitable membership in England and the bitter rivals of his outdated membership Liverpool. 

The transfer did not go down effectively with followers of Liverpool in consequence however Owen was profitable with United – scoring a well-known winner within the Manchester Derby in opposition to their rivals Man Metropolis within the dying minutes to win the sport 4-3 and later profitable the Premier League title and League Cup for Sir Alex Ferguson’s crew. 

He performed 52 instances for United, scoring 17 instances, earlier than ending his profession at Stoke Metropolis in 2012. His enjoying days ended on a low word as he featured simply 9 instances for the Staffordshire-based aspect, scoring a single aim. 

Who’s he married to and what number of youngsters does he have?

Owen married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall in 2005 after they met in major faculty again in 1984, and so they’ve had 4 youngsters collectively.

Residing in Chester, Louise gave beginning to Gemma in 2003, with a son Michael following in 2006. A 3rd youngster, and their second daughter – named Emily – got here alongside in 2007 and their remaining youngster and third daughter Jessica arrived in 2010. 

Owen and Louise have each been avid followers of horse racing and are regulars at occasions such because the Royal Ascot. Owen has owned and bred horses, main Brown Panther to a 2011 win at Ascot and the 2015 Dubai Gold Cup.

It has been the pair’s love of horses and horse racing that inspired daughter Gemma to take up her profession as a dressage rider and Owen will probably be happy to see her observe him into sport – however he cannot be too blissful that she’s now determined to enroll to Love Island to be chased by male contestants.   

Owen married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall in 2005

The pair met at primary school back in 1984

Owen married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall in 2005, with the pair assembly at major faculty again in 1984

The couple's firstborn was their daughter Gemma Rose, who arrived in 2003, two years before they got married. Just under two decades later she is now a Love Island contestant

The couple’s firstborn was their daughter Gemma Rose, who arrived in 2003, two years earlier than they obtained married. Just below 20 years later she is now a Love Island contestant

What about his off-field behaviour?

Owen has been within the limelight for all of the unsuitable causes within the final 12 months – together with his marriage introduced into focus after texts had been revealed from a dialog with former Large Brother star Rebecca Jane.

The married man allegedly despatched tons of of texts to the previous actuality star, with the chat finally changing into sexual as he requested her to ship him 20 topless pictures, telling her he would ‘decide them’ and requesting that she ‘depart nothing to the creativeness’.

It got here as a shock contemplating Owen’s beforehand noble repute as a loving father and husband, with the previous footballer allegedly asking to fulfill up along with her at a horse race.

Owen allegedly begged reality star Rebecca Jane for nude photographs and told her that he would 'judge' them in hundreds of seedy text messages

Miss Jane, a trainee solicitor, was thrilled to be contacted by a childhood hero before the conversation is understood to have turned sexual

Owen allegedly begged actuality star Rebecca Jane for nude images and instructed her that he would ‘decide’ them in tons of of seedy textual content messages

Miss Jane is a skilled solicitor and beforehand fronted a lovecheat detective company.

Owen allegedly wrote to her: ‘Come on then, hearth them by way of. It is a lengthy boring journey to London so I would like one thing to do… depart nothing to the creativeness. 

‘And I will advise on the suitability of them for social media – hopefully none of them are appropriate.’

When Miss Jane granted his request, he’s believed to have responded: ‘Large by the best way.’ 

‘Absolutely you have obtained pics saved up,’ he’s mentioned to have added when asking for extra. ‘I believed I used to be going to be judging dozens?

‘How about ship me about 20? That’d be good.’

Miss Jane, who appeared on Big Brother in 2017, used to run a lovecheat detective agency and is a regular guest on ITV's This Morning

Miss Jane, who appeared on Big Brother in 2017, used to run a lovecheat detective agency and is a regular guest on ITV's This Morning

Miss Jane, who appeared on Large Brother in 2017, used to run a lovecheat detective company and is an everyday visitor on ITV’s This Morning

In Owen’s autobiography Reboot – My Life, My Time, he revealed he and Louise had gone by way of difficulties and had been on the point of divorce in 2014, with the pair attending marriage counselling. 

He mentioned the couple had labored on their variations and mentioned he had develop into ‘a very completely different particular person’. 

‘Now that my life-changing liaison with the concept of splitting up with Louise and the household in 2014 has handed, I am fairly positive everybody who is aware of me will say that I am now a very completely different particular person – in the very best manner.’ 

What does Owen do now?

Owen has develop into an everyday face for soccer followers on BT Sport’s protection of the largest video games within the Premier League and Champions League, and he has additionally lent his voice to commentary work. 

His expertise of enjoying in a few of soccer’s most high-profile matches has been useful to broadcasters, although followers have taken intention at his generally restricted evaluation and stating the apparent in matches. 

Soccer supporters will recall his notorious quote: ‘You want individuals who rating targets. That is the way you win video games’, whereas on commentary responsibility, in addition to the basic ‘Footballers today typically have to make use of their ft’.

Owen has become a familiar face as a pundit and commentary, but his work has not always earned high plaudits from fans

Owen has develop into a well-known face as a pundit and commentary, however his work has not all the time earned excessive plaudits from followers  

Owen has additionally made a reputation for himself with numerous business offers, together with because the face of washing powder agency Persil, whereas he was the entrance cowl star of Professional Evolution Soccer throughout his enjoying days. 

Since retirement, followers have seen him pop up on numerous tv programmes, together with Celeb Crystal Maze, Sport Aid – and he even appeared as a secret contestant on The Masked Singer. He was secretly performing as a Doughnut character and made it to the sixth episode. 

‘Lastly I can apologise for burning your ears these previous few weeks,’ he wrote on Twitter after his elimination.

‘My children badgered me into doing @MaskedSingerUK however I’ve to say it was an awesome expertise and an entire lot of enjoyable.

‘Nonetheless cannot consider I obtained previous spherical one!’

The former striker was unveiled as mystery contestant 'Doughnut' on the Masked Singer

The previous striker was unveiled as thriller contestant ‘Doughnut’ on the Masked Singer 

What has Owen mentioned about Gemma showing on Love Island?

He isn’t too blissful, let’s simply say that. 

Owen has jetted off to Munich, the place he’ll be a pundit for England’s conflict in opposition to Germany on Tuesday night time – simply in time to overlook the launch of the hit ITV present, the place his daughter was the centre of consideration.

He insists he’s supportive of her resolution to go on the present, however admits he’s residing each father’s ‘worst nightmare’.

‘I’ve no doubts that she is going to make us all proud,’ he mentioned. ‘It is in all probability a father’s worst nightmare, however no matter she needs to do you have to be supportive. I’ve heard quite a bit about it. 

‘I feel outdated, grumpy males like me will all the time have an opinion on it as a result of I do not watch it and also you simply hear snippets, however she assures me it isn’t as dangerous as I feel.

‘It is fairly a giant factor and no matter she needs to do, you must be supportive and I feel I’ve given her an honest sufficient grounding to be respectful’.