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Joel Leaver

Love Island's Ikenna reveals stars were told who Gemma's famous dad is in unaired scenes

Love Island star Ikenna Ekwonna has revealed that the islanders became aware that Gemma Owen is the daughter of Michael Owen just days after moving into the villa.

The former islander, 23, made the admission on companion show Aftersun last night, where he and Amber Beckford, 24, opened up about their rollercoaster journey to Laura Whitmore, 37.

Discussing it, Ikenna explained on the ITV2 show: "You know what's mad? We didn't really know until like the second or third day, but I don't think the girls knew that the guys knew."

It came in response to comedian Darren Harriott, 33, asking Ikenna what it was like getting a foot massage from islander Gemma, 19 - the daughter of football icon Michael, 42.

Ikenna Ekwonna and Amber Beckford appeared on Love Island: Aftersun last night (Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock)

Viewers had been aware that dressage rider Gemma was the daughter of the former footballer prior to the new series, though fans weren't sure if her fellow islanders knew.

The admission has prompted some viewers to speculate that the news may have influenced Luca Bish, 23, pursuing Gemma early on in the series - which surprised fans initially.

"So the guys found out who Gemma's dad was three days in…around the same time Luca suddenly became interested in Gemma. Interesting," tweeted one viewer recently.

Ikenna said the islanders found out that Gemma Owen is the daughter of Michael Owen early on (Michael Owen Instagram)

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Another said: "Everyone knowing who Gemma's dad is after the 3rd day and Luca getting really obsessive right after." Whilst a third tweeted: "Lmao the obsession makes sense."

It comes just days after Gemma referenced her famous dad during a scene in the Beach Hut, with her mentioning him when asked to do her 'best impression' of someone.

She responded to the task: "There's no way I'm going to do my dad, but people always do the classic, 'Oh if they don't score, then they don't win.' It's something like that."

Fans were excited over the scene - which aired in Unseen Bits - with one tweeting: "Gemma finally brought up her dad!" Another said: "Gemma finally referencing her celebrity dad."

The Mirror approached ITV for comment.

Love Island continues on ITV2 and ITV Hub tonight from 9pm. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox. You can catch up on Aftersun through ITV Hub now.

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