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Jessica Sansome

ITV Love Island's Luca Bish leaves 'cheeky' comment on Michael Owen's family snap after 'meeting'

Luca Bish is trying to make himself at home with the in-laws just a couple of weeks after finishing his Love Island experience in second place with Gemma Owen. The loved-up pair finished runner-up to eventual winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti who won by a landslide in the public vote.

Following an 'awkward' reunion aired days after they left the Mallorcan villa, the stars of the ITV2 dating show have been busy with TV and radio appearances and making moves to make the most of their newfound reality TV fame. But Luca, 23, and Gemma, 19, did take a brief break from it all.

The couple have not long returned from a trip to Portugal where Gemma did some work for her swimwear brand, OG Swimwear, while also catching up with family and friends. Sharing a snap from their trip, Gemma, the daughter of former Liverpool, Manchester United and England footballer Michael Owen, beamed for the camera as she posed with her new man.

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She showed off her Love Island tan in a pristine white vest top teamed with her famous gold X necklace, believed to be from Tiffany and Co, which she was never off her neck in the TV villa in Mallorca. Alongside her Luca poked out his tongue as he held a refreshing drink in the sunshine.

It has been reported that Luca, 23, finally got to meet Gemma's famous dad after he failed to turn up for the 'Meet the Parents' episode near the end of the 2022 series of Love Island, with the 19-year-old's mum Louise and friend Sarah paying her a visit instead.

But the former fishmonger was left disappointed when he failed to make the cut on Michael's latest Instagram post. And it wasn't just Luca as his eldest daughter was also snubbed too. The former footballer turned pundit headed to the social media platform and uploaded an image of himself posing with his wife Louise, and children James, 16, Emily, 14, and Jessica, 12.

Gemma and Luca on holiday (Gemma Owen Instagram)

Poking fun at Gemma’s absence, the dad-of-four captioned the snap: "Family Family -1." Gemma was quick to respond, telling her dad: " I was there for 4 days and you wait til I leave to get a family picture." But Michael snapped back: " part timers don’t make the cut." And it appears fans were on Gemma's side.

@xkikiwilliamsssx laughed: "@gemowen_1 I find that very rude." @l.eliz.n replied: "@gemowen_1 I’m one of 3 girls and im the eldest! The eldest is def not the favourite!!!" @tbfcbte said: "@gemowen_1 the audacity."

But that wasn't all as in true Luca style, all while making light of the situation he also jokingly responded: " -2," telling him it wasn't just Gemma missing from the family photo. And the comment was soon being flooded with responses - but not from Michael. @susibeeone1 said: "@lucabish cheeky monkey." @kacisluv replied: "@lucabish savage but good."

@jojo.hats commented: "@lucabish if only we all had your confidence in life." @woodk040818 joked: "@lucabish is it because you didn’t give him a pair of fish flops." @jeevenc suggested: "@lucabish ain’t family till @gemowen_1 has a [ring] on it!" And @christinahirons soon noted: "@lucabish the fact that @themichaelowen is liking all of these comments."

Luca and Gemma reportedly jetted to the Owen family's private villa in the Algarve. She previously revealed that the pair would be briefly ditching the UK after their eight weeks spent in the famous villa after an 'amazing couple of days' on returning to the UK.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting Luca making things official with Gemma after previously saying he 'had a plan' to ask her to be his girlfriend. Teasing his followers he took to his Instagram Story and shared a video of the pair walking along in the sun. "Mission 'ask Gem to be my girlfriend' is in motion," Luca captioned the post.

In the clip he could be heard saying: "We're going for an evening stroll.... with me girlfriend..." as Gemma grinned behind him. But he soon said: "PSYCH!' suggesting he was just joking and hadn't made the official move just yet.


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