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09th Jul 2022

Is Michael Owen going to enter the Love Island villa?

Sarah McKenna Barry

The odds are looking good.

Easily one of the highlights of the Love Island calendar is when the islanders’ friends and family enter the villa, and this gets particularly exciting if the contestants have famous connections.

Needless to say, viewers are eagerly anticipating the arrival of US footballer Michael Owen, who may enter the villa if his daughter Gemma stays long enough.

Having said that, nothing is confirmed. The islanders are usually joined by two guests, and they’re not always their parents. Occasionally siblings join a parent, or two close friends enter the villa instead of family members.

In any case, we have high hopes that Michael Owen will enter the villa and rock Luca’s world (and maybe tell him to cool off on the jealousy, while he’s at it).

If he’s up for entering the villa, things are looking good. A source told The Sun that Owen’s calendar is relatively free in terms of professional engagements as there are few football fixtures at the end of the month.

They said: “The end of July looks to be a golden opportunity for Michael to see Gemma.

“He’s notoriously private and anything could change between now and finals week but, all things considered, the odds on him taking part are better than ever.”

Owen has been pretty quiet about his daughter’s stint in the villa, though he did jump on Twitter to share his reaction to the heart rate challenge.

After Gemma donned some riding gear and danced for her fellow participants, Michael summed up his feelings in a single emoji – an embarrassed, shocked face covering its eyes.

While we never saw Gemma break the news about who her famous father is, it’s understood that by day 2, the lads had all figured it out.

Gemma isn’t the only child of a famous person to compete on the show this year – Ronan Keating’s son Jack also popped by for Casa Amor. While he didn’t last long, he did get chatting with Gemma, and if things had gone any further, we definitely would have our heads spinning trying to picture Michael Owen and Ronan Keating meeting in the villa.

Love Island continues tomorrow night at 9pm on Virgin Media Two and on the Virgin Media Player.