Love Island fans have only just realised who Luca Bish reminds them of – and it may be a bit awkward for Gemma Owen. The fishmonger started the ITV2 dating show coupled up with Paige Thorne.
Despite saying he was attracted to her, the 23-year-old also had his sights set on 19-year-old Gemma who had a partner swap in the first 24 hours of the eighth series beginning when the first bombshell Davide Sanclimenti chose to couple up with her. But with their initial attraction quickly fizzling out, Gemma decided she wanted to explore things with Luca.
But just as they started to get to know each other, after coupling up during Friday’s show (June 10), Gemma’s ex Jacques O’Neill made a shock arrival in the Mallorcan villa. And things got awkward during Tuesday night’s show (June 14) when Gemma, who is the daughter of football star Michael Owen, suffered a slip on the tongue as she accidentally called her current match Luca by her ex Jacques’ name.
Jacques, who chose to be paired with Paige, was sitting next to Gemma and Luca at the time of the awkward moment. After Luca heard the slip-up and walked off into the garden, Gemma asked the other Islanders: “That was bad wasn’t it?” Having just coupled up with Jacques, Paige replied: “That was bad, I am not gonna lie, he was stood there, you had your guy rubbing your shoulders, he’s stood there and you’re like… ‘Oh Jacques’.”
Before Gemma went to apologise she had a conversation with Jacques about how she should approach the situation, which annoyed Luca as he questioned why she needed to speak with him first. She said: “I’ll come to you and say I’m in the wrong, it was a mistake. I have no feelings for him and I have no interest in getting back with him. If you want to carry on like that, then I’m not interested in having an argument. It’s a genuine mistake, I’m sorry.”
But as the pair got back into each other’s good books, Love Island fans were thinking about who Luca reminds them of. @Miss_Johnston asked: “Does anyone else think that Luca looks quite like a young Michael Owen? #loveisland.” @89Gers echoed: “Is it just me that thinks Luca looks like Michael Owen when he was younger? #LoveIsland.”
@MsLaurenAustin said: “You know what I’ve only just realised how much Luca looks like Michael Owen. #LoveIsland.” @alrhemistt commented: “Luca looks like Michael Owen from some Camera angles. Lol. #LoveIsland.” @AngieLoftus2 added: “Luca looks very much like Michael Owen when he was younger just saying #LoveIsland.”
Dressage rider Gemma is yet to tell her fellow Islanders about her famous father. However, some fans of the show think she may have actually revealed it – but it hasn’t been shown to viewers.