Gemma Owen has admitted her England legend dad Michael ‘is not joyful’ about her signing up for Love Island but he trusts her to not ’embarrass’ him.
The swimwear brand owner, 19, told MailOnline that Michael, 42, resisted having a ‘tantrum’ after learning she shall be on the dating show this summer, eventually giving his blessing, saying: ‘I’m not going to inform you what to do.’
Speaking from Mallorca ahead of the series launch on Monday, Gemma revealed that she hopes to dispel misconceptions about being a footballer’s daughter, after receiving nasty comments from trolls about her privileged upcoming.
Protective father: Gemma Owen has admitted her England legend dad Michael ‘is not joyful’ about her signing up for Love Island but he trusts her to not ’embarrass’ him
She said: ‘I still would not say that my dad is buzzing about me doing Love Island.
‘He’s very supportive in whatever I resolve to do. He did not have an enormous tantrum or anything like that. He was pretty chilled, he trusts me to not do anything to embarrass him. He took it quite well.
‘He didn’t say I could not do that or give me any dos or don’ts. He said I’m not going to inform you what to do, I trust you, you’ve got never given us a reason to not trust you, go for it but I’ll all the time have my family’s thoughts and opinions within the forefront of my mind because we’re all super close and so they are an important people to me.’
Gemma is the eldest of 4 children former England and Liverpool star Michael shares with wife Louise.
‘I’m not going to inform you what to do’: Gemma told MailOnline Michael resisted having a ‘tantrum’ after learning she shall be on the show this summer, eventually giving his blessing
Asked how she broached the concept of happening the show along with her family, Gemma said: ‘I definitely discussed it with them. I would not say that they were 100 per cent joyful with it, but I’d definitely say they trust me… to not do anything to purposely disrespect them.’
Gemma added that she would probably avoid having sex within the villa.
She said: ‘What my family think is all the time going to be within the forefront of my mind as they’re an important thing to me.’
The entrepreneur revealed Michael had given her few words of wisdom before she flew out to the Spanish island while her mother Louise had reminded her to ‘keep it classy.’
Uphill battle: Gemma says she’s grown a ‘thick skin’ after being trolled for being the daughter of a wealthy footballer despite trying hard to carve out a profession of her own
Gemma won’t be ‘bragging’ about her dad’s famous profession to potential suitors, even in the event that they’re die-hard football fans.
She said: ‘I do not think I’ll go in there and say ‘my dad was a footballer’ because I’m not likely that sort of person but in the event that they ask me what my parents do then I won’t keep it a secret, I will be honest but I won’t go in there bragging about it. I’ll only address it if people ask me.’
In March, Gemma confessed to feeling frustrated after receiving cruel comments from trolls who judge her for being the daughter of a wealthy footballer.
Gemma, who’s a Team GB dressage champion and this yr launched her own swimwear business, which she says was achieved without Michael’s financial backing, said she’s grown a ‘thick skin’ following weeks of criticism.
She explained: ‘Trolling is considered one of those things. I get trolled only for being the daughter of an ex-footballer.
‘I actually have represented my country in my sport and setup my very own business yet I still get pretty nasty comments.
‘It is going to all the time be there and I can not get away from it but I’m lucky I actually have a thick skin and I only care in regards to the opinions of individuals near me like my family and friends.
Close family: Gemma says she’ll miss debriefing along with her mum Louise after happening dates with potential suitors on the show
‘In the event you are all the time worrying about what people need to say then you definitely’ll never truly be joyful. It’s considered one of those things that include it and I’ll need to get on with it.’
Originally of the yr, Gemma was certain appearing on Love Island wasn’t in her future.
But after failing to get the scores she needed to qualify for the dressage European Championship selection this summer, she decided now was the proper time to pursue a special opportunity.
She said: ‘In March I used to be still heavily campaigning for my dressage season, which was my priority.
‘Over the summer it’s the busiest time for my competition so the considered having two months out was not an option at that time but because the season went on, I had a nasty start… I didn’t get the scores that I needed so I ruled myself out of selection for European Championships again.
‘I few management firms began to indicate me interest and I used to be more willing to listen to what they’d to say. If there was any yr to do it, then this yr would probably be the one.’
Sweet: Gemma is the eldest of 4 children former England and Liverpool star Michael shares with wife Louise (Gemma and Michael pictured in 2005)
As she begins a possible eight-week stint on Love Island, Gemma, who still lives at home, says she’ll miss her mum essentially the most due to their close relationship, which incorporates debriefing after Gemma’s been on dates.
She said: ‘My family and I are so close, my mum and me especially have a tremendous relationship so I’ll miss her and talking to her, that’ll be difficult for me.
‘When I’m going out on dates with a latest person I’ll tell her each detail, what they wore, what we spoke about and it will be different not having her there to talk to.’
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who’s their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there’s just no-one I can find.
I have never got to swipe. So, hopefully they will just come to me now!
‘I got here out of a relationship and I used to be just so done with guys. Then I used to be like, ‘Okay, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who’s their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard so far without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
Love Island is an ideal place to get to know someone one-on-one.
I don’t think I actually have ever been out with two guys who’re quite the identical.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who’s their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
That is a chance for me to search out ‘the one’ and have an ideal summer at the identical time.
I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m able to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who’s their type on paper? ‘I’m open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a extremely fun summer.
I’d say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I believe I’m good at giving advice, I’m a very good person to refer to, I’m very honest.
If I would like the identical guy, I’d do it but in a pleasant respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who’s their type on paper? ‘Once I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
I’m a very good boyfriend as once I’m with someone I’m all for them.
I’m actually single for once, so I assumed why not?
That is the perfect time to offer it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who’s their type on paper? ‘I prefer to fulfill girls out and about. I believe whenever you go searching for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s such as you’re too desperate for it.
If I believe you’re the one or I such as you, I’ll take you out on a date but apart from that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who’s their type on paper? ‘I shall be talking to different girls, it may not go well with some.
Once I’m actually in a relationship, I believe it’s a star sign thing.
I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I all the time used to place that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Liam Llewellyn
Location: Newport, South Wales
Occupation: Masters Student
Who’s their type on paper? ’22 is a extremely nice age to fulfill someone, you’ve got your years ahead of you so you’ve got time to grow together.
Love Island is an ideal opportunity to fulfill someone, you’re in with a load of differing kinds so you may familiarize yourself with what you actually like.’
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who’s their type on paper? ‘Loads of English girls actually love me.
They like to be around me and I really like to be around them. I would like to search out my soulmate.
Find my person so I can actually construct something in the long run, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who’s their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in a single past relationship but now I believe I’m on the age where I could find someone.
Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
I’m not likely shy to talk to people I don’t really care an excessive amount of about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who’s their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that exhibit.
I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
There was this one guy and he was attempting to purposefully exhibit his automobile keys and we were literally in the midst of a restaurant!’