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Love Island fans in meme heaven as Gemma drops hints about her footballer dad Michael Owen

As of June 6th, the nation’s favourite dating show is officially back on our screens and brings with it a batch of new singletons ready for a summer they’ll never forget. Love Island season 8 is in full swing and many of the show’s contestants actually seem to be looking for true love this year, one thing’s for sure – Ekin-Su isn’t looking to make seasonal girlfriends.

From Luca’s tattoos to Liam’s premature exit, Davide stealing all the boys’ thunder and Ekin-Su’s determination to get the man she wants, there have been many meme-able Love Island moments of season 8 so far. One thing that has been the source of more memes than anything else, though, is the fact that Gemma Owen’s dad is former footballer Michael Owen. So, let’s take a look at the many times she’s dropped the bait that her dad is famous but the Islanders never quite caught on.

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Gemma reveals that her surname is Owen

Early on during Love Island season 8, talk turned to surnames, and Gemma told the group that her last name was Owen.

After some pauses, no one of the Islanders caught on that Gemma is the daughter of a former pro footballer.

Gemma went on to ask the other Islanders their surnames and villa life resumed as normal after she said that Luca’s surname ‘Bish’ was “unfortunate“.

This moment was obviously very much meme-worthy and tonnes of viewers took to TikTok and Twitter to have a giggle at the surname chat.

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Luca and Gemma talk football on the terrace

After Gemma’s surname chat didn’t quite end up in the big Michael Owen reveal, it seemed like she wanted to get the dad chat going again when she and Luca went for a private talk on the terrace.

Luca was more interested in telling Gemma he wanted to kiss her but Gemma was busy drawing parallels between Luca and her dad as they apparently both love football and racing – and did we mention football?

Lots of Love Island fans took to Twitter following the terrace talk with many finding it hilarious that Gemma still didn’t get to reveal who her dad is.

Fans say Gemma’s ex arrives to break the news

At the end of episode 5, it was revealed that Gemma Owen’s ex, Jacques O’Neill, is set to enter the Love Island villa and fans have got their theories on why Jacques has been chosen as the next Islander to join the show.

Lots of people have tweeted that they think Jacques will be the Islander to reveal that Michael Owen is indeed Gemma’s dad.

One fan tweeted: “Can we deep that Gemma’s ex is gonna tell everyone who Gemma’s dad is before her“.

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After studying for her BA in Journalism at Solent University, Helen went straight into writing for GRV Media as years of binge-watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta finally started to pay off. Helen has been with the company for over three years, writing about reality TV and specialising in USA and UK content. Outside of work you’ll find her rustling up Nigella’s latest recipes, or at the beach walking her dog.