Michael Owen takes his mind off daughter Gemma’s Love Island romances at Ascot – as it emerges he sought therapy after feeling ‘jealous over his wife’s bond with their child’
He’s called his daughter Gemma’s appearance on Love Island ‘a father’s worst nightmare’.
So it comes as no surprise that Michael Owen, 42, turned off the TV and headed to Ascot in a bid to take his mind of 19-year-old Gemma’s Love Island romances.
Dressed smartly in a grey suit, the former footballer wore a wry smile as he stepped out into the sunshine.
Not watching TV? Michael Owen took his mind off daughter Gemma’s Love Island romances at Ascot on Tuesday – as it emerged he sought therapy after feeling ‘jealous over his wife’s bond with their child’
The outing comes after Monday’s episode of Love Island showed Gemma and Luca Bish sharing an awkward kiss after she playfully rejected him for pretending to snore while she was talking.
The international dressage rider gave into the 23-year-old’s attempts to lock lips, before pushing him away and laughing but they later get into a row.
Michael wrote in his book that he sought therapy after becoming painfully jealous of Gemma’s bond with her mother Louise.
Smooch: Monday night’s episode showed Michael’s daughter Gemma sharing an awkward kiss with Luca Bish after she playfully rejected him
Former footballer Michael 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 Gemma.
Writing in his 2020 autobiography Reboot, Michael said: ‘To my surprise, I found myself standing at a figurative cliff edge in 2014.
Troubles: Michael sought therapy after becoming painfully jealous of Gemma’s bond with her mother Louise
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 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.
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 are parents to four children – (L-R) Emily, 14, Jessica, 12, Gemma, 19, and James, 16
Finding love? Gemma and Luca are getting along very well – so will it soon be time to meet the parents?
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: 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: Jay Younger
Occupation: Investment analyst
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am a slow burner for sure, yeah. I don’t fall easily.
‘I quite like self sufficiency in girls’
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: 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: Jacques O’Neill
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.’
Name: Remi Lambert
Who is their type on paper? ‘Now it’s time to find something more serious. I usually meet girls out and about on a night out.
‘If I see a girl I like, I’ll just go over without hesitation and sometimes I meet girls through Instagram.’