‘That’s mad’: Love Islander reacts to finding out bombshell’s famous Newcastle United and Liverpool father

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Gemma Owen has been trying to keep the identity of her footballing father under wraps

One Love Island contestant couldn't hold back his glee when finding out that one of his fellow contestants was related to Newcastle United legend Michael Owen.

Liam Llewellyn made the shock decision to leave the Love Island villa just days after joining the ITV2 show last week.

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During his brief stint on the reality series, the Strength and Conditioning student seemed to be courting contestant Gemma Owen.

Gemma is the daughter of famous footballer Michael Owen, who played 71 times for Newcastle United during his illustrious career.

The former Magpie's daughter has been keeping her cards close to her chest in the villa when it comes to her father's identity.

Gemma and Liam had a coy conversation about football, the latter surprised by her specific questions, but who her father is wasn't revealed.

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Liam left the show early (Image: ITV)Liam left the show early (Image: ITV)
Liam left the show early (Image: ITV) | ITV

After leaving the show, Liam appeared on Love Island spin-off programme Aftersun where the truth was revealed to him.

Upon finding out, Liam 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."

Unsurprisingly, with Owen's daughter on the show, Newcastle United has been mentioned in passing a couple of times on Love Island this year.

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Earlier this week, Geordies slammed comedian narrator Iain Stirling for branding the side a 'pony club'.

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

Michael Owen, who also played for Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid in his career, has also been outspoken about seeing the negative messages directed to his daughter online.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "It's hard because I have three other kids and this is their sister and they are reading this stuff.

"[My wife] has been very upset about it. You can say, 'Don't read it', but that's very difficult.

"I know she's been used to that sort of thing with me – I've had it all my life.

"To look at my social media feeds you'd think 70% of the world hates me, but it's different when it's your daughter."

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