Love Island’s Gemma hits back at Luca’s reaction to challenge – as his family jump to his defence

‘You pushed me off!’ Love Island’s Gemma hits back at ‘p***k’ Luca’s WILD reaction to her licking Adam – as fishmonger’s family jump to his defence and claim his behaviour was result of a ‘crazy intense environment’

Love Island‘s Luca Bish and Gemma Owen became embroiled in a tense row after he ‘pushed’ her aside during a raunchy challenge on Tuesday night’s episode.

The fishmonger, 23, and the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, clashed over a Mile High-themed challenge that saw Gemma lick Adam Collard’s chest.

But Luca appeared to become annoyed and ‘pushed’ Gemma on to the next boy, with the couple later getting into a row over the moment as Gemma criticised him for his ‘moody’ reaction.

Tension: Love Island's Luca Bish and Gemma Owen became embroiled in a tense row after he 'pushed' her aside during a raunchy challenge on Tuesday night's episode

Tension: Love Island’s Luca Bish and Gemma Owen became embroiled in a tense row after he ‘pushed’ her aside during a raunchy challenge on Tuesday night’s episode

And while viewers deemed Luca’s reaction to the challenge as ‘wild’, his family were quick to flock to his defence and claim that he was in a ‘crazy intense environment’ and lauded him for being ‘vulnerable’.

In the challenge, dressage rider Gemma transformed into a sexy flight attendant and threw herself into the task, licking 26-year-old Adam’s chest as the other boys laughed.

But as Gemma moved over to Luca, he was seen ‘pushing’ her on to the next boy, Dami, as he appeared to be visibly annoyed by the raunchy moment.

Speaking in the Beach Hut, he said: ‘I’ll be honest, I don’t want to see Gemma licking any other bloke.’

Annoyed: The fishmonger, 23, and the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, clashed over a Mile High-themed challenge that saw lick Adam Collard's chest

Annoyed: The fishmonger, 23, and the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, clashed over a Mile High-themed challenge that saw lick Adam Collard’s chest

Fuming: Viewers were quick to deem Luca's reaction to the challenge as 'wild', but his family were quick to flock to his defence and claim that he was in a 'crazy intense environment'

Fuming: Viewers were quick to deem Luca’s reaction to the challenge as ‘wild’, but his family were quick to flock to his defence and claim that he was in a ‘crazy intense environment’

Gemma laughed and continued with the challenge, going back to her partner at the end, with Luca smiling as he appeared to have gotten over the moment.

But after returning to the villa, Gemma pulled Luca aside to discuss his reaction during the challenge, saying he was acting like a 12-year-old for ‘pushing’ her away.

Luca initially denied that he was irritated, saying it was ‘just banter’, but then went on to admit that he couldn’t ‘stay annoyed’ at her.

During their heated row, Gemma said: ‘You can sit here and say that you’re not in a mood… you’re in a mood.’

Raunchy: Dressage rider Gemma transformed into a sexy flight attendant and threw herself into the challenge, licking 26-year-old Adam's chest as the other boys laughed

Raunchy: Dressage rider Gemma transformed into a sexy flight attendant and threw herself into the challenge, licking 26-year-old Adam’s chest as the other boys laughed

Oh dear: But as Gemma moved over to Luca, he was seen 'pushing' her on to the next boy, Dami, as he appeared to be visibly annoyed by the raunchy moment

Oh dear: But as Gemma moved over to Luca, he was seen ‘pushing’ her on to the next boy, Dami, as he appeared to be visibly annoyed by the raunchy moment

As Luca insisted he wasn’t, Gemma protested: ‘Luca don’t play thick… you were pushing me off, had a face like a slapped a**e, are you 12?!’

He then admitted that he had been irritated by her ‘licking’ the other boys in the challenge, saying he wouldn’t ‘stay annoyed’ at her for it.

He said: ‘It’s obviously not nice to see but it’s a challenge. Licking other boys, putting your head down there, but it’s a challenge. I can’t exactly stay annoyed at you for it.’

Yet Gemma was quick to pick up on his wording, responding: ‘So you can’t exactly ‘stay’ annoyed at me for it – so you were annoyed at me for it.’

Row: But after returning to the villa, Gemma pulled Luca aside to discuss his reaction during the challenge, saying he was acting like a 12-year-old for 'pushing' her away

Row: But after returning to the villa, Gemma pulled Luca aside to discuss his reaction during the challenge, saying he was acting like a 12-year-old for ‘pushing’ her away

Clashing: Luca initially denied that he was irritated by the challenge, saying it was 'just banter' but went on to admit that he couldn't 'stay annoyed' at her

Clashing: Luca initially denied that he was irritated by the challenge, saying it was ‘just banter’ but went on to admit that he couldn’t ‘stay annoyed’ at her

Their argument then became even more heated as Luca snapped: ‘I do not care what the f**k you’ve done in the challenge.’

Walking away from the conversation, Luca muttered ‘it’s doing my head in’, before removing his microphone and storming out of the villa.

Gemma sarcastically quipped: ‘Well that went well.’

Speaking to her fellow Islanders, Gemma had also branded Luca a ‘p***k’ for getting annoyed at the challenge, while Indiyah Polack said he was being a ‘baby’.

Following the row, Luca’s family flocked to his defence and claimed his behaviour was the result of a ‘crazy intense environment’.

Storming off: Walking away from the conversation, Luca muttered 'it's doing my head in', before removing his microphone and storming out of the villa

Storming off: Walking away from the conversation, Luca muttered ‘it’s doing my head in’, before removing his microphone and storming out of the villa

Support: Following the row, Luca's family flocked to his defence and claimed his behaviour was the result of a 'crazy intense environment'

Support: Following the row, Luca’s family flocked to his defence and claimed his behaviour was the result of a ‘crazy intense environment’

Taking to Luca’s Instagram Stories – as they are running his social media while he is in the villa – his family argued that the fishmonger was being ‘vulnerable’ and ‘in touch with his emotions’ during the heated row.

In a lengthy statement, they penned: ‘9/10 weeks of no contact with any family and friends. It’s a crazy intense environment where emotions are heightened. Learning to have disagreements and resolve them is part of all successful relationships.

‘Society preaches for men to not bottle things up and to open up??? So proud of how vulnerable and in touch with his emotions he’s been. Nothing but real.

‘First to admit if he’s being a little f**k, but really don’t feel he’s in the wrong here at all. Would do anything to hug him.’

However, viewers took to Twitter to describe Luca’s reaction to Gemma licking other boys during the challenge as ‘wild’.

Criticism: But viewers deemed Luca's reaction to Gemma licking other boys during the challenge as 'wild' and criticised him for telling Tasha Ghouri not to get upset over a challenge

Criticism: But viewers deemed Luca’s reaction to Gemma licking other boys during the challenge as ‘wild’ and criticised him for telling Tasha Ghouri not to get upset over a challenge

One person wrote: ‘Luca pushing her away during the challenge was wild. #LoveIsland.’

Another commented: ‘The fact Ekin is being made out to be the most dramatic and attention seeker in the villa but yet it’s Luca is so wild #LoveIsland.’

And other viewers criticised Luca for previously telling Tasha Ghouri ‘it’s just a game’ when she became upset after the Truth Or Dare and Snog Marry Pie challenges.

Last week, Dami and Luca had insisted ‘it’s just a game’ and said they wouldn’t apologise after Tasha became upset with the pair for calling her ‘fake’ in a challenge.

On Tuesday, fans took to Twitter to point out that he had told Tasha not to get upset over a challenge, before getting into an argument with Gemma over a game.

One person wrote: ‘Luca is p**sing me off. like seriously how many times did you tell tasha ‘it was just a challenge’ WHEN SHE WAS CRYING. gemma didnt do s**t #loveisland.’

Another said: ‘Oh, so Luca can say to Tasha that ‘it’s just a game’ to downplay how she should be feeling and yet in games and challenges, he can be allowed to feel pissed? He’s the hugest hypocrite in there, get him out!’

A third commented: ‘Not Luca justifying his behaviour towards Tasha saying iTs JuST a GamE but is literally about go into cardiac arrest over what Gemma did?? in a?? challenge?? #LoveIsland.’ 

And a fourth added: ‘how come it was ‘just a challenge’ when Luca was bashing Tasha to her face during Snog Marry Pie, but Gemma licks a guys chest and luca is FUMING.’

A fifth tweeted: ‘But luca it wasn’t okay when tasha was getting annoyed over a challenge #loveisland.’

Elsewhere, Love Island fans branded the contestants ‘school children’ as viewers saw Luca tell Gemma to ‘f*** off’ as he stormed out of the villa during their blazing argument.

The couple were at loggerheads over a raunchy Mile High-themed challenge that saw the dressage rider, 19, lick Adam Collard’s, 26, chest. 

The fishmonger was seen taking off his mic and walking out of the front door following the argument, that came after a group debrief saw the girls take Gemma’s side and the boy’s agree with Luca. 

Indiyah branded Luca a ‘baby’ for being moody over the challenge whilst Adam and Davide said that Luca was in the right regarding his ‘feelings’ during that moment. 

During a chat after the challenge, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu mused: ‘Was it me or was I seeing that Luca was being a bit weird? Like when you were doing your challenge?’

'Childish': Elsewhere, Love Island fans branded the contestants 'school children' as viewers saw Luca tell Gemma to 'f*** off' as he stormed out of the villa during their blazing argument

‘Childish’: Elsewhere, Love Island fans branded the contestants ‘school children’ as viewers saw Luca tell Gemma to ‘f*** off’ as he stormed out of the villa during their blazing argument

While Indiyah Polack agreed: ‘He was just a little bit of a baby.’

A clearly exasperated Gemma then turned to her fellow Islanders and sighed: ‘It’s really not that deep, but if he’s gonna be a p***k over it then he can do one.’ 

Viewers of the show claimed the heated row highlighted the couples ‘serious compatibility issues’, with some slamming Gemma’s ‘aggressive approach’ and others believing that Luca was ‘overly jealous’ and protective. 

Elsewhere fans slammed the other contestants for getting involved and ‘stirring’ the pot in the moments leading up the the row. 

Divided: Some fans sided with Gemma whilst others agreed with Luca

Divided: Some fans sided with Gemma whilst others agreed with Luca

Taking to Twitter someone penned: ‘Even a secondary school relationship can’t be this childish.’

Another added: ‘Not surprised that Luca and Gemma got into an agreement, it’s just a game ffs, why does Luca have to get so overly jealous? Over something harmless, Gemma’s only just seeing what everyone has been seeing throughout the season, I thought Gemma was ‘wise’ lol.

A third fan disagreed as they wrote: ‘People just want to use Luca as a scapegoat and a whipping toy it’s so clear. 

‘If anything Gemma is in the wrong for how she handled it. It was a needless argument to bring back up when he made it clear his feelings on it where purely at the time.’

Someone else said: ‘I’m sorry but all these other people except Dami are stirring about Luca and it’s pure game playing. Especially Adam and Paige.’ 

Other’s highlighted the couples compatibility as they added: ‘Is Luca clingy or does his anxious attachment style clash with Gemma’s avoidant style? That’s never a good match and always ends badly for the anxiously attached.’ 

‘Luca and Gemma have no ‘strong connection’ he’s obsessed and she tolerates him, the end,’ another fan penned.

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Like how have Luca and Gemma survived they have serious compatibility issues.’

Love Island continues Wednesday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub. 

Couple: Viewers of the show claimed the heated row highlighted the couples 'serious compatibility issues'

Couple: Viewers of the show claimed the heated row highlighted the couples ‘serious compatibility issues’

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