The international dressage rider, 19, is the eldest daughter of the ex-footballing ace and his childhood sweetheart Louise Ball, yet despite being the daughter of a sporting legend, Gemma’s managed to keep it under wraps for quite some time now.
Fishmonger Luca, 23, was initially coupled up with paramedic Paige Thorne, 24, while Gemma was with Davide Sanclimenti.
However, during Sunday night’s Aftersun with Laura Whitmore, dumped islander Ikenna admitted that everyone knew who Gemma’s famous father is from on ‘the second or third day.’
The same time Luca moved on from Paige and was visibly smitten with Gemma.
Following Ikenna’s revelation, attentive fans took to Twitter and branded Luca’s change of heart in week one as ‘interesting.’
‘They found out around the third day who Gemma’s dad was and that was when Luca started showing interest OHHHHHH,’ one person tweeted.
‘Luca knowing that Gemma is Michael Owens daughter makes so much sense. His obsession and interest in her happened AFTER the boys found out who her dad was on day 3,’ another added.
‘Ikenna has confirmed that the boys knew about Gemma’s dad! Lmaoo we see you Luca,’ wrote a third.
However, some fans shared a contrasting view with one writing: ‘Think people are reading way too much into Luca and why he is so into Gemma….. maybe he genuinely likes her and it’s not all about her dad.’
Despite Ikenna’s comments that they all knew, Afia Tonkmor, who was the first islander to be officially dumped, revealed the islanders didn’t ever speak about Gemma’s famous dad.
When asked by a fan whether the islanders were aware, she replied on Instagram: ‘If people do know, I did know before I went in because I watched her VT.
‘But if people do know, they don’t care… nobody really cares.’
‘I don’t know who he is, I know he’s a football guy, it was never, ever spoken about in my presence,’ she added.
Luca and Gemma’s romance has been going from strength to strength, however, it looks like Monday’s teaser is set to throw a spanner in the works after Gemma is seen raging at Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu over her romance with Luca.
The islander appeared fuming as Dami Hope said: ‘Obviously it’s not a nice thing to hear from Luca that Gemma could have her head turned.’
‘Which wasn’t even said like that, or meant like that,’ Gemma insisted.
‘Then relax,’ Ekin-Su told her.
‘You can’t drop a bomb and then tell me to f**king relax,’ Gemma then fumed.
‘I think that’s d**khead behaviour. Maybe you should just keep your nose out of other people’s business and shut up.’
Love Island returns tonight at 9pm on ITV2.
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