Michael Owen sought therapy over jealousy of of Love Island star daughter Gemma’s bond with her mum


Michael Owen sought therapy after becoming painfully jealous of his Love Island star daughter Gemma’s bond with her mother Louise.

Former footballer Michael, 42, who married his primary school sweetheart Louise in 2005, said he struggled with his mental health after retiring from sport.

The soccer star admits he was ‘intentionally hard’ on Louise on subjects that he knew would ‘push her buttons’, including her relationship with their daughter Gemma, now 19.

Troubles: Michael Owen, 42, sought therapy after becoming painfully jealous of his 19-year-old Love Island star daughter Gemma’s bond with her mother Louise

Writing in his 2020 autobiography Reboot, Michael said: ‘To my surprise, I found myself standing at a figurative cliff edge in 2014.

‘A lifetime of that certain type of mentality, of behaviour, had led me to a point where I had to seek professional help…

‘For years, because of my own inner demons, I was intentionally really hard on Louise about subjects that I knew would push her buttons most — not least her close relationship with our daughter Gemma.’

Honest: Former footballer Michael, 42, who married his primary school sweetheart Louise in 2005, said he struggled with his mental health after retiring from sport (pictured 2014)

Honest: Former footballer Michael, 42, who married his primary school sweetheart Louise in 2005, said he struggled with his mental health after retiring from sport (pictured 2014)

He added: ‘Let me be very clear and say that none of this was in any way a reflection on how I felt about either Gemma or Louise. I love them both with all of me.

‘I’d take everything out on Louise, though. I’d accuse her of spending all her time with her eldest and ignoring the other kids. It wasn’t even true.’

Admitting he feared divorce, he went on to say he and Louise went to see a counsellor and he then continued the treatment alone. 

Family affair: Michael and Louise after parents to four children - (L-R) Emily, 14, Jessica, 12, Gemma, 19, and James, 16

Family affair: Michael and Louise after parents to four children – (L-R) Emily, 14, Jessica, 12, Gemma, 19, and James, 16

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Michael for further comment. 

It comes after Gemma’s fellow Islander Afia Tonkmor became the first contestant to be dumped from this year’s show. 

The 25-year-old bombshell entrant was ditched on Monday night’s episode after contestants were called to the firepit and rugby player Jacques O’Neill, 23, chose to couple with paramedic Paige Thorne, 24.

Finding love? Gemma is currently coupled-up with fishmonger Luca Bish, 23, on the popular ITV2 show

Finding love? Gemma is currently coupled-up with fishmonger Luca Bish, 23, on the popular ITV2 show

Club host Afia said after leaving about still hunting for love: ‘Obviously I’m going to miss everyone in the Villa but I’m going to keep trying to find love. I’m sure Mr Right is out there somewhere.’

It comes after Master’s student Liam Llewellyn, 22, decided to quit the show after repeatedly suffering rejection during his four days in the villa.

Revealing who she fancied when she first entered the Majorca villa, Afia added: ‘Initially I was attracted to Dami but then throughout the experience it was more Ikenna.

Farewell: It comes after Gemma's fellow Islander Afia Tonkmor, 25, became the first contestant to be dumped from this year’s show

Farewell: It comes after Gemma’s fellow Islander Afia Tonkmor, 25, became the first contestant to be dumped from this year’s show

End of the road: Fellow bombshell Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu, 27, who entered the villa with Afia, was seen hugging her after her exit was announced

End of the road: Fellow bombshell Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu, 27, who entered the villa with Afia, was seen hugging her after her exit was announced

‘I did get the vibe that things were going well for Indiyah and Ikenna quite quickly.’

Afia went on to reveal she wants either couples Luca Bish and Gemma Owen, or Amber Beckford and Dami Hope, to win.

She added when asked who she would like to see emerge as victors: ‘Luca and Gemma. And Amber and Dami. It’s such early days but those two felt like the most solid couples.’

Passionate: Model Indiyah Polack and pharmaceutical salesman Ikenna Ekwonna, both 23,  had their first smooch as they cuddled in the garden during Monday's episode

Passionate: Model Indiyah Polack and pharmaceutical salesman Ikenna Ekwonna, both 23,  had their first smooch as they cuddled in the garden during Monday’s episode

She added about what she took from her time on the ITV2 dating show: ‘I’ve learned that I can be a bit shy and it takes me a bit of time to come out of my shell. But I maybe learned to put myself out there a bit more. I did learn a few things.’

But she insisted: ‘I feel like I stayed true to myself so I’d do things the same.’

Earlier in tonight’s episode, childcare specialist Amber, 24, and 26-year-old microbiologist Dami Hope had their first kiss as they enjoyed a picnic and tennis date.

Amber told the scientist: ‘I feel like that for the moment, I am happy to get to know you, I am not really looking at any of the other guys.’

New arrivals: Six-pack sporting investment analyst Jay Younger, 28, and model Remi Lambert, 22, are vowing to shake up the villa when they enter on Tuesday

New arrivals: Six-pack sporting investment analyst Jay Younger, 28, and model Remi Lambert, 22, are vowing to shake up the villa when they enter on Tuesday

New arrivals: Six-pack sporting investment analyst Jay Younger, 28, and model Remi Lambert, 22, are vowing to shake up the villa when they enter on Tuesday 

When she asked Dami to describe his ideal woman, he replied: ‘If she looked like you, then I would be happy, so you’d need to have a twin in here for me to turn my head.’

Model Indiyah Polack and pharmaceutical salesman Ikenna Ekwonna, both 23, also had their first smooch as they cuddled in the garden.

Indiyah said: ‘Sometimes it is nice to know that you’re feeling me, that you’re interested or if it’s reciprocated.’

A preview for the next show hinted Gemma and fishmonger Luca, 23, are going to be seen embroiled in a fight.

Meanwhile, two new bombshell lads are vowing to shake up the villa.

Castmates are set to be shocked on Tuesday’s episode when six-pack sporting investment analyst Jay Younger, 28, from Edinburgh enters the show.

He will be joined by model Remi Lambert, 22, from Manchester.

Love Island airs tomorrow at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox.

LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Paige  Thorne

Name: Paige Thorne

Age: 24

Location: Swansea

Occupation: Paramedic

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’

Indiyah Polack

 Name: Indiyah Polack

Age: 23

Location: London

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.’

Tasha Ghouri

Name: Tasha Ghouri

Age: 23

Location: Thirsk

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.’

Gemma Owen

Gemma Owen

Name: Gemma Owen

Age: 19

Location: Chester

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

Andrew Le Page

Name: Andrew Le Page

Age: 27

Location: Guernsey

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.’ 

Luca Bish

Luca Bish

Name: Luca Bish

Age: 23

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Fishmonger

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.’

Dami Hope

Dami Hope

Name: Dami Hope

Age: 26

Location: Dublin

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’.

Davide Sanclimenti

 Name: Davide Sanclimenti

Age: 27

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. ‘

Ikenna Ekwonna

Name: Ikenna Ekwonna

Age: 23

Location: Nottingham

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.’

Amber Beckford

Amber Beckford

Name: Amber Beckford

Age: 24

Location: London 

Occupation: Nanny

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!’

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu

Age: 27

Location: Essex

Occupation: Actress

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!’

Afia Tonkmor

Afia Tonkmor

 Name: Afia Tonkmor

Age: 25

Location: London

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.’

Jacques O'Neill

Jacques O’Neill

Name:  Jacques O’Neill

Age: 23

Location: Cumbria

Occupation: Rugby League Player

Who is their type on paper? ‘I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time. 

‘I was saying to my mum the other day that I want a girl. And I’m now ready to settle down.’

 

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