New couple? Last Thursday, the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen began flirting with Luca Bish, a 23-year-old fishmonger

Love Island accused of fixing relationship between Gemma Owen and younger man after complaints #LoveIsland

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ITV has been accused of orchestrating a romance with a youthful contestant for 19-year-old star Gemma Owen after complaints had been made about her kissing Davide Sanclimenti, who’s eight years older.

Final Thursday, the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen started flirting with Luca Bish, a 23-year-old fishmonger – and on Friday evening he selected Miss Owen to couple up with, prompting hypothesis that producers are behind relationships within the present, which claims to not be faux.

It comes as The Mail on Sunday can reveal that there was a raft of complaints to the tv regulator Ofcom over Miss Owen’s romance with Sanclimenti, 27, who has described himself as an ‘Italian Stallion’.

Viewers are understood to have been uncomfortable about their age distinction.

New couple? Last Thursday, the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen began flirting with Luca Bish, a 23-year-old fishmonger

New couple? Final Thursday, the daughter of former England footballer Michael Owen started flirting with Luca Bish, a 23-year-old fishmonger

The flirtation between the pair was transient, with sources suggesting that producers on the ITV2 relationship collection moved shortly to make sure that Miss Owen’s consideration was caught by Bish.

In the meantime, Sanclimenti has been flirting with Ekin-Su Culculoglu, who is identical age as him.

A supply informed the MoS: ‘The outrage about Gemma and Davide wasn’t anticipated in any respect by the present’s producers – they didn’t see it coming. Eight years isn’t a large hole, however it’s the truth that Gemma remains to be a young person and so younger that her being with a person in his late twenties appears to have upset the followers.

‘Now there’s enormous trade hypothesis that behind the scenes Love Island employees did a fast reverse ferret as a result of they noticed the backlash. If that’s the case it makes an enormous mockery of the present.’

Complaints: ITV has been accused of orchestrating a romance with a younger contestant for 19-year-old star Gemma Owen after complaints were made about her kissing Davide Sanclimenti, who is eight years older

Complaints: ITV has been accused of orchestrating a romance with a youthful contestant for 19-year-old star Gemma Owen after complaints had been made about her kissing Davide Sanclimenti, who’s eight years older

ITV denies any fakery on Love Island, however does concede it’s a ‘mixture of actuality and produced parts which are reflective of what’s taking place within the villa’. 

The supply additionally voiced suspicion, given the complaints to Ofcom, {that a} dialog between Miss Owen and Sanclimenti through which they mentioned the age hole between them was not orchestrated may very well have been orchestrated itself. 

On Thursday’s present, dressage champion Miss Owen mentioned the eight-year age distinction, asking Sanclimenti whether or not it ‘bothered him’. 

He mentioned: ‘What do you concentrate on the truth that I’m a lot older than you, and you aren’t bothered about that?’ 

Romance: It comes as The Mail on Sunday can reveal that there has been a raft of complaints to the television regulator Ofcom over Miss Owen¿s romance with Sanclimenti, 27, who has described himself as an ¿Italian Stallion¿

Romance: It comes as The Mail on Sunday can reveal that there was a raft of complaints to the tv regulator Ofcom over Miss Owen’s romance with Sanclimenti, 27, who has described himself as an ‘Italian Stallion’

Miss Owen replied: ‘No it’s not a problem for me in any respect. If it was then I wouldn’t have needed to get to know you within the first place. It’s not one thing that I’m not used to or that you just’re the one one.’

Viewers expressed their issues in regards to the age hole. One tweeted: ‘Nobody above 25 ought to be getting with somebody who’s acquired teen of their age.’ 

One other wrote: ‘All I can take into consideration each time Gemma and Davide discuss is the age hole and it’s hurting me #LoveIsland.’

On Friday evening, the romance between Miss Owen and Bish continued after he selected to ‘recouple’ together with her – which means they may sleep in the identical mattress.

Hello: ITV denies any fakery on Love Island, but does concede it is a ¿combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what¿s happening in the villa¿

Whats up: ITV denies any fakery on Love Island, however does concede it’s a ‘mixture of actuality and produced parts which are reflective of what’s taking place within the villa’

In the meantime, ITV might discover itself dealing with additional criticism after contestant Liam Llewellyn, with whom Miss Owen was initially matched, stop the present after failing to get a feminine companion. 

His father, former Welsh rugby star Alan Llewellyn, flew to Majorca to consolation his son. 

His early departure on Friday got here after ITV revealed it monitored contestants for nearly 5 months earlier than they entered the villa. 

Revealing his choice to go, the 22-year-old informed co-stars: ‘I haven’t actually been feeling like I’ve been giving 100 per cent Liam.’

Family: On Friday night, the romance between Miss Owen and Bish continued after he chose to ¿recouple¿ with her ¿ meaning they will sleep in the same bed

Household: On Friday evening, the romance between Miss Owen and Bish continued after he selected to ‘recouple’ together with her – which means they may sleep in the identical mattress

Unimpressed: Meanwhile, ITV could find itself facing further criticism after contestant Liam Llewellyn, with whom Miss Owen was originally matched, quit the show after failing to get a female companion

Unimpressed: In the meantime, ITV might discover itself dealing with additional criticism after contestant Liam Llewellyn, with whom Miss Owen was initially matched, stop the present after failing to get a feminine companion

Following his departure. Miss Owen – who had turned her consideration from him to Sanclimenti – admitted she ‘felt correct responsible’.

ITV has determined to not be kinder to contestants, regardless of two former stars taking their very own lives. It mentioned it gave help to these collaborating.

On Friday it was revealed that Miss Owen’s ex-boyfriend, rugby participant Jacques O’Neill, 23, would enter the home tonight. A supply mentioned: ‘Producers should know the impression it will have on Gemma.’

Love Island didn’t reply to a request to remark final evening.