EXCLUSIVE: Jack Fincham calls out ‘desperate’ Gemma Owen

'Would I have gone in there at 19? No chance on earth.'

Love Island's Gemma Owen and Jack Fincham

by Ben Pulsford, Hannah Mellin and Georgina Terry |

Could we get a saucer of milk over here, please? Jack Fincham has gone right in on Gemma Owen and we can see where he's coming from tbh.

In a deliciously cosy chat with heat plus fellow Love Island alumni Chris Taylor and Shaughna Phillips, Jack poured scorn on Gemma keeping who her famous and filthy rich dad is under wraps.

“She’s desperate to say it. She’s desperate,” he said, when asked by heat's Harriet Rose why Gemma hasn't revealed her surname and why her surname is kinda a big deal on the show.

And, we can't help but notice, fans are with Jack on this one.

“In the villa, does anyone ask surnames?” queried Harriet.

“No!” Exclaimed Jack and Chris together, like some kind of Greek chorus (#culture).

“It’s not a thing,” said Jack.

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Expect lots more of this kind of thing ©Bauer media

But Shaughna, glorious Shaughna , was quick to defend the 19-year-old.

“If my dad was Michael Owen, I’d have it tattooed on my head,” she said.

Speaking of her age, Jack seemed to think that going in as a teenager is not a great idea.

“Would I have gone in there at 19? No chance on earth,” he said.

“I would have gone in there,” said Shaughna, “and absolutely ruined my whole life.”

You can watch the full interview now. GO ON.

Love Island is back, which according to the heat calendar means it is officially summer! And now the forever-cringe first episode is out of the way and gone for another year, the games can really begin. Apologies, we mean the quest for true love. Of course.

And Michael Owen’s “fun, flirty and fiery” daughter, Gemma, got tongues wagging right from episode one.

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Gemma was initially coupled up with Liam, much to her dismay ©ITV Pictures

Why? Because the dressage champ is just 19 years old (which social media sleuths have worked out means she was 16 before the pandemic struck).

Gemma entered the villa with the rest of the girls at the very start and was soon paired up with 22-year-old, Liam following a public vote twist.

However, it wasn’t long before the 19-year-old’s eyes wandered, when pesky producers introduced absolute Adonis, Davide Sanclimenti into the mix (once all the couples had been paired up, of course). Gemma then went on to kiss said 27-year-old Italian mega hunk, Davide, during a steamy icebreaker game.

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Gemma and Davide shared a smooch ©ITV Pictures

Now we’re trying to come up with a stronger word than ‘ablaze’ to describe how social media reacted to this young Islander’s placement on the show – and her public kiss with Davide, who she claims is very much her type. How about, ‘ferocious’? Yes, ferocious works. You get the idea – Twitter has thoughts and concerns; namely regarding her young age.

One Twitter user wrote: “Gemma said she's been single for a year and a half. She’s 19 so she’s been single since she was 17, what is this? 😂😂😂#LoveIsland”.

Another wrote: “Gemma was 11 when #LoveIsland first aired”.

Another added: “Gemma trying to work out how to have a conversation with a normal person because she went on Love Island straight after sixth form instead of having a life experience #loveisland”.

And this one sums up the general reaction succinctly: “Gemma and Davide… You’re 19 he's 27😭 #loveisland”.

Despite the vast majority of the internet’s surprise at Gemma’s young age, she is not actually the first young’un to enter the Love Island villa. The show is open to any singleton over the age of 18.

Notable baby Islanders include Season One’s Luis Morrison, season four’s Georgia Steel season five’s Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury, were all just 20 years old when they entered the Love Island villa. In fact, Gemma is not even the first teenager to enter the villa; Season One’s Bethany Rogers and Season Two’s Emma Jane Woodhams were both 19 years old when they appeared on the show.

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Gemma's not the first teen to appear on the show ©ITV

And this isn't the first year that ITV bosses have recruited someone with a famous family link. In 2018, EastEnders actor Danny Dyer's daughter Dani went on to WIN the show alongside Jack Fincham and, in 2019, boxer Tyson Fury's brother Tommy went on to reach the final alongside girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague.

However, Gemma isn't just known for being Michael Owen's daughter, she's got a very impressive career as an International Dressage Rider so she could have rubbed shoulders with other famous riders such as Princess Anne. Let's find out more about her, shall we?

How old is Gemma Owen?

At only 19, Gemma is one of the youngest Islanders in the villa this year.

Where is Gemma Owen from?

She's from Chester in Cheshire.

What does Gemma Owen do as a job?

Gemma is open about being incredibly competative, revealing, "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."

She continued, "I would say I’m very competitive. [When it comes to relationships] 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. I wouldn’t do anything to another girl that I wouldn’t be happy with them doing to me."

Does Gemma Owen have Instagram?

She does. You can follow her over on @gemowen_1 and @gemowendressage_

Who is Gemma Owen's dad?

Her dad is none other than Michael Owen, who played for Manchester United and England. Her mum is Louise Bonsall and she has two sisters and a brother.

Why is Gemma Owen going on Love Island?

To find love, of course!

She admitted, "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?'"

Love Island shows nightly at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox

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