Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma Owen is heading into the Love Island villa

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Gemma Owen is a contestant on this year's Love Island credit:Bang Showbiz
Gemma Owen is a contestant on this year's Love Island credit:Bang Showbiz

Michael Owen’s daughter Gemma is heading into the ‘Love Island’ villa.

The 19-year-old dressage rider - the oldest child of the former Liverpool FC and Newcastle United striker and his wife, childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall - gushed about how “sport has always been a big thing” for and her family as she was named as one of the contestants on the ITV2 reality dating competition along with Tasha Ghouri, Amber Beckford and Ikenna Ekwonna.

Gemma said: "Sport has always been a big thing for me and my family. My dad was a professional football player. I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11 years old. I’ve travelled all across Europe competing in big arenas in big competitions.

"I would say I’m very competitive."

Gemma says she “always go” for what her heart desires but doesn’t want to prevent “a genuine connection” between any love birds.

She said: "I will always go for what I want. But at the same time, I’m not going to mess up something for someone who is in a proper relationship or get in the way of a couple if they have a genuine connection.”

Gemma - who is big sister to James, 16, Emily, 14, and Jessica, 12 - is heading into the villa completely “open for love” but also is up for just having a “fun” time over the summer.

She said: “I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer. I was seeing someone and then that didn’t work out so I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Gemma labelled herself as “fun, flirty and fiery,” but also a good person to turn to for an honest dish of advice.

'Love Island' returns for its eighth series on Monday 6th June at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

It is also available to watch on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Player in Ireland.

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