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Jack Keating says he wished he'd tried to pursue a romance with Gemma Owen


Jack Keating has revealed he regrets not trying to pursue a relationship with Gemma Owen while on Love Island.

The son of Ronan Keating, 23, said he would’ve tried to start something with the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, but for the fact that she was already coupled up with Luca Bish.

Speaking to MailOnline at the Whsky Label launch party on Wednesday night in Aures London, he said: ‘We definitely had a lot of things in common – she’s a lovely girl but from chatting to her I could tell she and Luca were a closed door, so it was pretty tough. 

Regrets: Jack Keating has revealed he regrets not trying to pursue a relationship with Gemma Owen while on Love Island

Regrets: Jack Keating has revealed he regrets not trying to pursue a relationship with Gemma Owen while on Love Island

‘If she was single I would have 100% tried to pursue things. She’s a gorgeous girl and I think we got on very well.’

He added: ‘I also got on well with all the other girls, especially Paige and Tasha. They didn’t show a lot of me and Paige, which was weird and I wondered why they didn’t.’

Jack also revealed he had been in the ‘doghouse’ with his famous dad, after saying on the show that the singer was retired.

Not single: The son of Ronan Keating, 23, said he would've tried to start something with the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, but for the fact that she was already coupled up with Luca Bish

Not single: The son of Ronan Keating, 23, said he would’ve tried to start something with the daughter of Michael Owen, 19, but for the fact that she was already coupled up with Luca Bish

Speaking on what Ronan had said to him once he got home, Jack said: ‘He just said that he was proud of me. I didn’t really go in there and make a fool out of myself thank God.

‘I did say he was retired though at some stage during the show, so he was not happy about that. 

‘What I meant to say was he was retired from Boyzone, but he was touring right now, but I basically said he was retired, so I was in the dog house a little bit when I got back after that. 

'Closed door': Speaking to MailOnline at the Whsky Label launch party on Wednesday night in Aures London, he said: 'We definitely had a lot of things in common - she’s a lovely girl but from chatting to her I could tell she and Luca were a closed door, so it was pretty tough'

‘Closed door’: Speaking to MailOnline at the Whsky Label launch party on Wednesday night in Aures London, he said: ‘We definitely had a lot of things in common – she’s a lovely girl but from chatting to her I could tell she and Luca were a closed door, so it was pretty tough’

‘“I almost fell out of my chair”, is what he said when he heard it, but we’re all good. We had a bit of craic after when I got home for sure.’

Jack said the mistake had come about because the Love Island producers had asked Gemma and him to have the same chat about their famous parents twice. 

It comes after Jack recently tried his luck with fellow dumped Love Island contestant Jazmine Nichol, sharing a montage of snaps of the pair to Instagram which had originally been created by a fan account.

Couple? Jack recently tried his luck with fellow dumped contestant Jazmine Nichol, sharing a montage of snaps of the pair to Instagram, which had originally been created by a fan account

Couple? Jack recently tried his luck with fellow dumped contestant Jazmine Nichol, sharing a montage of snaps of the pair to Instagram, which had originally been created by a fan account

The celebrity offspring appeared alongside the nightclub manager, 21, on spin-off show Aftersun last month, with fans claiming they spotted chemistry between the pair.

In his caption, he teased: ‘Second date? @jazminejaynenichol’, along with praying and crossed fingers emojis.

Jack and Jaz were booted alongside George, Samuel, Mollie and Cheyanne with Jack saying he was ‘gutted’ not to have found love.

The celebrity offspring appeared on the ITV2 show afterwards, having not spent any time with Jaz on the show since she had rocked up in Casa Amor to surprise the original boys.

He told presenter Laura Whitmore: ‘If I could go back, I’d probably give a bit more time to Danica. I don’t think I really chatted to her until the second day.

‘It’s tough, you have to book some time in for the girls because it got so busy in there. If I could go back, it would probably be with Danica for sure.’

Cheeky: In his caption, he teased: 'Second date? @jazminejaynenichol', along with praying and crossed fingers emojis

Cheeky: In his caption, he teased: ‘Second date? @jazminejaynenichol’, along with praying and crossed fingers emojis

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