Gemma Owen was left stunned at the end of Friday night’s instalment of Love Island when she set eyes on her ex entering the villa.
The 19-year-old daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen exclaimed: ‘Oh my God! That’s my ex-boyfriend,’ as the hunky new bombshell walked in wearing nothing but a pair of blue swimming shorts.
The new addition to the show is understood to be Castleford Tigers rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23, with his club issuing a strategically timed statement to coincide with the end of the episode.
Shock: Gemma Owen, 19, was left stunned at the end of Friday night’s instalment of Love Island when she set eyes on her ex entering the villa
A tweet from club bosses read: ‘Castleford Tigers can confirm that the Club has agreed to release Jacques O’Neill from his contract to allow him to pursue another opportunity. Best of luck @Jacques9oneill!’
MailOnline has contacted a Love Island spokesperson for comment.
In a teaser clip for Sunday’s show, dressage champion Gemma could be heard reacting in horror after seeing her ex enter the villa.
Surprise entry: The 19-year-old daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen exclaimed: ‘Oh my God! That’s my ex-boyfriend,’ as the hunky new bombshell walked in
Speaking out: The new addition to the show is understood to be Castleford Tigers rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23, with his club issuing a strategically timed statement after the episode
Her fellow Islanders all leapt to their feet to catch a glimpse of the sportsman, with Tasha Ghouri, 23, covering her mouth in disbelief.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their delight at the show’s latest twist.
One person wrote: ‘YES to this twist! Gemma’s ex needs to make a beeline for Lovely Lovely Paige, hopefully he’s nice enough for her- Luca will end up getting bored with boring Gemma & she’s probably stuffed it with Davide soooo… #LoveIsland.’
Unbelievable: Her fellow Islanders all leapt to their feet to catch a glimpse of the sportsman, with Tasha Ghouri, 23, covering her mouth in disbelief
Another viewer wrote: ‘Oh! Love island with a little Ex on the Beach twist #loveisland.’
‘Since when did love island so juicy plot twists like ex boyfriends. I’m here for it #loveisland,’ wrote another fan.
While someone else shared: ‘Plot twist! Gemma’s ex lol these producers are messy hahaha I’m here for it #loveisland.’
Delighted: Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their delight at the show’s latest twist after watching the scenes unfold
And someone else exclaimed: ‘Omfg I LOVE this twist!!?? #loveisland.’
Jacques’ entry comes after Liam Llewellyn broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show.
The Welsh student gathered everyone around the firepit ahead of the first recoupling, where he admitted he was not giving 100% of himself and was having a ‘hard time’ with his struggle to find a romantic connection.
Shock: Love Island aired the emotional moment Liam Llewellyn broke the news to his fellow islanders that he was leaving the villa on Friday, hours after MailOnline revealed that he had quit the show
Liam also sat down Gemma, who he was formerly coupled up with, and told her ‘I am not myself at all’ before reassuring her that his decision was not based on her being in a new couple with Davide Sanclimenti.
Just days before, the Italian hunk stole Michael Owen’s daughter from him, while Liam also found it difficult to woo newcomers Afia Tonkmor and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who’ve expressed interest in Ikenna and Davide since their arrival in the villa.
Announcing to the islanders that he had big news to share, he told them: ‘I think we need to have a chat, we should get everyone by the fire pit.’
It’s not you, it’s me: Liam also sat down Gemma Owen , who he was formerly coupled up with, and told her ‘I am not myself at all’ before reassuring her that his decision was not based on her being in a new couple with Davide Sanclimenti
As they sat down, he said: ‘So, I’ve got to speak to you all, obviously we all came here for the same sort of reason but I haven’t really been feeling like I’ve been giving 100% Liam. I know what 100% Liam looks like and I am miles off that.
‘I literally feel like you’re missing out on 90% of what normal Liam offers. I’ve been thinking long and hard, like this isn’t a spur of the moment type thing. Trying to find someone to leave the villa with that you care about, like obviously, that’s a goal isn’t it?
‘When you’re not feeling that, I feel like that makes it a very hard sort of time to find that.’
Big decision: Announcing to the islanders that he had big news to share, he told them: ‘I think we need to have a chat, we should get everyone by the fire pit’
Confession: ‘Obviously we all came here for the same sort of reason but I haven’t really been feeling like I’ve been giving 100% Liam. I know what 100% Liam looks like and I am miles off that’
Then breaking the heartbreaking news, he added: ‘So yeah, I’ve made the decision that I am gonna leave the villa.
‘It’s been a breeze, it’s been an absolute ball, you are all unreal.’
The islanders were left reeling in shock and after taking in the news, went to give their pal a hug after his huge decision.
Can’t believe it: The islanders were stunned by Liam’s decision
After his reveal, Liam shared a quiet moment with Gemma in which she told him: ‘I wasn’t expecting that from you’ to which he confessed: ‘I am not myself at all.’
She then added: ‘That’s like a big decision’, with Liam replying: ‘Yeah, it’s been brewing though.’
Gemma then shared how she felt upon his exit, saying: ‘It’s just a shame because obviously we get on well and we started it together, it’s going to be weird to see you go and not have you around. It’s going to be different.’
Sad times: Islanders including Amber and Luca shed tears after learning of Liam’s decision
The dressage rider then admitted that she felt it was her fault he was leaving as she uttered: ‘I just from my point of view like, I almost feel a bit like sh*t, have I done anything.’
But Liam was quick to reassure her that the decision was entirely his own, telling her: ‘Don’t be stupid, you are an amazing girl, honestly.’
He added: ‘You’ve got nothing to worry about, that’s not even crossed my mind and it shouldn’t cross yours either. Shall we hug it out?’
Love Island continues on Saturday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not?
This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than 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 is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Ikenna Ekwonna
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve only been in one past relationship but now I think I’m at the age where I could find someone.
‘Hopefully, I’m going to bring spontaneity and excitement.
‘I’m not really shy to speak to people I don’t really care too much about what people think.’
Name: Amber Beckford
Who is their type on paper? ‘I don’t like guys that show off.
‘I don’t like flashy guys – just have a personality and make me laugh.
‘There was this one guy and he was trying to purposefully show off his car keys and we were literally in the middle of a restaurant!’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Afia Tonkmor
Occupation: Lounge Host at a Private Members Club
Who is their type on paper? ‘I love going on dates but I want to be in a relationship and just call it a day!
‘I like going on dates but I am just so done with it now, I just want the relationship, chill thing.’