‘He’s after a signed shirt’: Love Island fans react as cast do know Gemma’s Newcastle United link

It turns out this year’s biggest Love Island secret isn’t such a secret after all

Love Island viewers have been hit with the surprise news that this year's cast do indeed know that bombshell Gemma Owen is the daughter of former Newcastle United star Michael Owen.

It seemed to be that the 19-year-old was keeping her father's identity a secret when she entered the Love Island villa this month.

The young Owen dodged questions about her parents and made brief allusions to football knowledge.

Viewers have been waiting with bated breath for the moment when the competitor revealed her links to footballing stardom - one ex-participant even touting a blockbuster final when Owen walks in during the meet the parents stage.

However, 2022 competitor Ikenna Ekwonna has let the cat out of the bag after being booted off the show.

Gemma and Luca have coupled up on the show (Image: ITV)

Speaking on Love Island Aftersun, he said: "We didn't really know until the second or third day but I don't think the girls knew the guys knew."

Fans of the show were quick to take to social media and voice their surprise at the news - some joking that the news might have motivated Gemma's love interest Luca.

One wrote: "Oh so they know about Michael Owen… Oh Luca’s after that signed shirt I fear."

Another added: "Finding out they knew Michael Owen was Gemma's dad on the 2nd/3rd day and that's when Luca announced he was interested in her."

Gemma's famous father was already the talking point of the series, with Liam Llewellyn sharing his excitement at the connection when leaving the show early on.

Stirling branded Newcastle a ‘pony club’ (Image: Getty Images)

At the time, he said: "I can't believe who that actually was. That's mad. I'm a United fan. I actually have one of his tops when he came to the club.

"That first night, we were chatting about football and her family. I was so close. I can't believe I didn't quite work it out."