Michael Owen gives his verdict on Gemma’s first week of Love Island. He discusses everything from bed-swapping, snogs and the age gap between Davide Sanclimenti (Italian hunk) and Gemma (Gemma).
Michael Owen gave his unimpressed verdict on Gemma’s first week of Love Island.
The former sportsman confessed that it was “every father’s worst nightmare” to watch their daughter enter the villa.
Michael is still convinced after seeing Gemma, a 19-year-old, partner swap, bed swap, and snog many male contestants on the program.
Michael described Gemma’s ‘pride, joy’ and said nothing about her antics during the past few days. “It’s not something any father wants to watch, is it?”
Talk to the Daily MailMichael admitted that his eyes were opened to Love Island because he knew very little about the rules before he watched it with his daughter.
Before Louise could explain the pattern, the father-of-four recalls his shock when Gemma jumped into bed with a man her first night.
“Luckily for me there was no physical contact. Gemma had her back to the guy.
“There was enough space between them. I thought, “Good girl.” They don’t want to have physical contact with their daughters, do they? I don’t. If I have to make physical contact, I will probably throw something at the screen. I don’t like to see anyone kissing. Don’t force me to see kissing.” he fumed.
According to the former England striker, his daughter Gemma ‘does not want’ to do any kissing either.
Michael, 42, says the eldest of his four children told him before she went in that she was ‘most worried’ about the kissing trials – a sentiment he firmly agreed with.
“I knew nothing about the show. The worry was that she would have to kiss that lad, and that lad, and the next …,.” he admitted.
While Michael agreed to watch with caution, the dad did miss Gemma’s reality TV debut as he was away filming punditry for the current England squad’s clash against Germany.
Instead his wife Louise had to phone in updates on what Gemma and her fellow islanders were getting up to, which included a lap dance and toe sucking.
As the first week has drawn on, Michael says Louise has been become increasingly agitated fearing that her daughter is becoming a victim to cruel online trolling.
Louise and her other children James, 16, Emily 14, and Jessica, 12, have been reading ‘the stuff’, says Michael with Mum Louise particularly upset by some of the viewer reaction.
After some backlash, Michael defended his daughter as a ‘clever, funny and kind’ person.
Much of the criticism has been directed at Gemma’s age – with many viewers suggesting 19 is too young to be wanting to find love on the reality show.
Reflecting on his own sudden rise to fame, Michael says that his daughter is older than he was when he started playing for Liverpool at the age of 17.
The dad went on to add that Gemma, who also owns her own swimwear brand would have been a success with or without Love Island.
In the latest episode, viewers saw Gemma get a shock as she recognised the latest bombshell to stroll into the villa.
The star was heard saying ‘That’s my ex’ before the show drew to a dramatic conclusion.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2