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Gemma Owen exclusive: Love Island star breaks silence on life with with Luca Bish


Gemma Owen has revealed her Love Island boyfriend Luca Bish is a hit with dad Michael – and confirms she’s in talks for her own TV show.

The PrettyLittleThing ambassador, 19, told MailOnline in her first interview since leaving the ITV2 villa that Luca, 23, has quickly become part of the family.

Gemma, who stuns in a new shoot to launch her first edit with PLT, teased there’s ‘something very different in the pipeline’ following weeks of speculation that TV bosses have signed her for a reality series.

'He fits in quite well': Gemma Owen has revealed her Love Island boyfriend Luca Bish is a hit with dad Michael – and confirms she's in talks for her own TV show

‘He fits in quite well’: Gemma Owen has revealed her Love Island boyfriend Luca Bish is a hit with dad Michael – and confirms she’s in talks for her own TV show 

Speaking to MailOnline from Seville, the Love Island runner-up, said: ‘Luca fits in quite well and he gets on with my siblings, my mum and my dad as well.

‘His family are lovely too – I get on with all of them really well and have a good relationship with his sister.

‘I have really enjoyed spending time in Brighton with them when I can and the same when he comes to Cheshire.

‘In terms of my relationship and Luca – it’s all going really well. Luckily, we’re able to spend time together so the relationship is going really well and it’s all positive.’

'It's all going really well': The PrettyLittleThing ambassador told MailOnline in her first interview since leaving the ITV2 villa that Luca has quickly become part of the family

‘It’s all going really well’: The PrettyLittleThing ambassador told MailOnline in her first interview since leaving the ITV2 villa that Luca has quickly become part of the family

While their romance is proving a success outside of the villa, Gemma says she won’t be moving in with Luca anytime soon like her Love Island co-stars Tasha Ghouri, 24, and Andrew Le Page, 27, have done.   

She said: ‘We don’t have any plans to move into together just yet.

‘I’m a home girl, it’s where everything is, I’m family orientated and I’m still young.

‘In the immediate future I’m happy with where I am, and the setup Luca and I have.

‘We are everywhere right now, when I’m down in London working, we spend time with each other and when we have a free weekend, he’ll join me in Cheshire and be with the horses. We’re making it work around our busy schedules.

‘We’re seeing how it goes, we’ll go on a few nice holidays – no pressure.’ 

'I'm happy with where I am': While their romance is proving a success outside of the villa, Gemma says she won't be moving in with Luca anytime soon

‘I’m happy with where I am’: While their romance is proving a success outside of the villa, Gemma says she won’t be moving in with Luca anytime soon 

Unlike plenty of Love Island stars before them, Gemma and Luca, who were runners-up to Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 28, and Davide Sanclimenti, 27, resisted making their relationship official in the villa.

Gemma told Luca that he needed to meet her family before they committed to each other because the opinion of her dad, former England striker Michael, and mum Louise, is very important.  

The fishmonger eventually sealed the deal by spoiling Gemma with a £6,500 Cartier bracelet, garden of red roses, and a balloon display, which read: ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’

While some fans thought the romantic gesture was over the top, Gemma defends Luca’s efforts and says he had no choice but to rise to the challenge.

She said: ‘I felt for Luca because there had been such a big buildup to it because on Love Island I was very much let’s wait until we get on the outside and I feel like we did wait enough time.

‘We wanted to make sure that the relationship would work. I feel like there was a big deal made out of it.

'You can't fault him': Gemma  defends Luca for going big as he asked her to be official with a £6,500 Cartier bracelet, red roses, and balloon display

‘You can’t fault him’: Gemma  defends Luca for going big as he asked her to be official with a £6,500 Cartier bracelet, red roses, and balloon display 

‘He felt a bit of pressure, but you can’t fault him for the effort that he put in. He did go for it bless him. There were flowers, roses, and the setup was incredible.’   

Gemma, who landed a huge six-figure deal with PrettyLittleThing after she became the first Love Island star since Molly-Mae Hague, 23, to impress CEO Umar Kamani, 34, has also been rumoured for her own TV show.

The team GB dressage champion hinted that there is a series in the works – and it could be connected to her love of horses.

She said: ‘We do have something very different in the pipeline, which I’m really excited to start working on. I can’t reveal too much.’

Before spending eight weeks on our screens this summer and amassing a massive 2.1million fan base, Gemma said that she didn’t want to be known as ‘another rich footballer’s kid.’

Gemma explained to MailOnline in March that trolls sent her ‘nasty messages’ over their beliefs she had set up swimwear brand OG Beachwear with her dad’s money.

'It's all positive': Gemma and Luca missed out on becoming Love Island champions to Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti after meeting on the dating series this summer

‘It’s all positive’: Gemma and Luca missed out on becoming Love Island champions to Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti after meeting on the dating series this summer

The cruel messages haven’t stopped, with Gemma admitting she still has a long way to go before breaking the stigma.

She said: ‘I still think it’s there if I’m completely honest. 

‘I am starting to gradually come away from it, which is what I was looking to do.

‘As much as I have respect for my parents and my dad – I don’t want to be known as just that. I want a life of my own.

‘Love Island was a great chance to be able to get my personality across and I did, and I was completely true to myself, and I dealt with things in there as I would the outside.’

Despite growing up with Liverpool star Michael as a father, Gemma says she’s still ‘getting used to all this’ after securing lucrative deals with multiple brands.

'I want a life of my own:' Gemma aimed to dispel misconceptions about famous offspring during her time in the Love Island villa – but says the stigma is still there (pictured with dad Michael)

‘I want a life of my own:’ Gemma aimed to dispel misconceptions about famous offspring during her time in the Love Island villa – but says the stigma is still there (pictured with dad Michael) 

She experienced another pinch me moment last week, jetting to Saville to star in her first photo shoot for PrettyLittleThing, the Gemma Owen Edit.

The new 48-piece collection, which is available to buy online from 10am on Monday, ranges from £10 to £75 – and according to Gemma, there’s plenty to choose from.

Gemma said: ‘The edit is classy, elegant, and has something for everyone. I love every outfit, every piece. I’m really happy with it. This is an edit due to time constraints, but the next drop will be the collection.

‘There’s a lovely cream blazer, which I wore as a dress with cycling shorts and shot with some knee-high boots – it was incredible. I also love this olive two-piece, but everything is perfect for autumn winter.’

The star also says she’s motivated by PrettyLittleThing Creative Director Molly-Mae, who last week announced she’s expecting her first baby with her Love Island partner Tommy Fury, 23. 

She added: ‘Molly-Mae is obviously a huge inspiration to many girls, with the business side of things as well she is a good role model and a lot of people including myself have respect for her.

‘It’s definitely nice to follow in her footsteps. We’ve not met yet – everything has been so busy and what with her news with the baby – it is amazing but we’re yet to have a conversation.’

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