Why Love Island producers were ‘AGAINST’ Luca Bish and Gemma Owen

'They were like 'no you're not allowed'

Gemma Luca Love Island

by Ben Pulsford |

Here's the thing about reality television – reality has nothing to do with it. It's important to remember that; especially if you think it's okay to unsolicitedly blast reality stars (humans, btw) with hateful trolling online. It's best to think of these shows as exactly what they are - television shows that orchestrate reality for our entertainment.

And before anyone blasts us as a bunch of hypocrites, we'll say outright that we fall into the reality telly trap time and time again; we get invested and we get passionate, because that's what producers want from their audience. But, no, we're not watching real life unfold.

The vast majority of shows that sit under the reality tele umbrella are heavily producer-led and brutally edited with an overarching narrative in mind - that narrative might do wonders for an individual, or it might crush them. Fine, there may be no script as such, but when producers are constantly whispering in someone's ear telling them who to talk to and what to talk about, you can't exactly call the content raw.

Take Luca Bish's Love Island journey for example. We followed his and Gemma Owen's relationship (the good, the bad and the downright ugly) with bated breath over the summer; the pair are now officially boyfriend and girlfriend and playing the Love Island game like pros. However, according to Luca, viewers only saw half the story thanks to intense af producer involvement.

In a recent interview for Jamie Laing's Private Parts podcast, Luca revealed how producers made every effort to keep him from pursuing Gemma in the early days of Love Island in a bid to keep their narrative under control (although according to Luca, it was to stop him from looking like a "player").

Luca told Jamie, "From the start [producers] were like, Tasha, Paige, focus on them... Gemma's having a thing with Davide and Liam. And I was like, 'Yeah but, the public put me with Paige, Tasha pulled me for a chat... As much as they're both lovely, the one I actually want to chat to is Gemma."

He continued, "So, on the second night I said, 'I want to pull Gemma [for a chat]' and they were like, 'No, you're not allowed'.

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He added, "[Producers] were like, 'Well, Davide's come in, he's picked Gemma. You need to let them see what happens with Liam and Davide.' Obviously, there's a storyline there. Then I was like, 'No, no, no', I'm going to try again, so I pulled her for a chat.

Luca continued, "During out first chat she was like, 'Well, this is overdue'." The Love Island finalist was then allegedly told that he wasn't allowed to pursue things with Gemma yet and that they were "doing this for him", in order to make sure he didn't look like a "player".

Luca explained to Jaimie, "In my head, I was like, 'the more I hold off, the more she's going to get to know Davide or Liam."

Admittedly, it all worked out in the end, but you can't help but wonder how all this external involvement affects the stress levels of the stars of the show? How often does this happen and how do all these young singles looking for love feel about it?

According to Luca, the pair were kept apart for a few days in the first week. These imposed restrictions were seemingly completely culled from the show's edit apart from one line where Luca told Gemma they were "allowed to chat now".

In a twist of fate, this move by producers might've actually sparked the Gemma and Luca romance we know and love today, as Luca admitted, "I think the more [producers] did it (kept them apart), the more me and Gemma wanted each other. I want this now, even more."

Absence makes the blah, blah, blah.

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