Gemma Owen’s dad Michael Owen isn’t the first worried dad to see his daughter staying in the Love Island mansion, with Danny Dyer previously revealing he hadn’t spoken to his daughter Dani when he found out. She signed up for the program.
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Michael Owen recently described his daughter’s decision to go to Love Island as a father’s “worst nightmare”.
A sportsman’s paranoia echoes the horror EastEnders actor Danny Dyer felt in 2018, when his daughter Dani revealed she had signed up for a ‘summer of love’ on the ITV2 dating show.
After winning the show, Dani talked about how her dad, 44, stopped talking to each other in the lead-up to her reality TV show because he had an affair with her.
The pair have been open about the tense atmosphere that formed after she announced she would be participating, with Dani saying it was “very awkward.”
The former islander admitted that they “didn’t talk” for a while, and Danny’s father has since admitted that he did not “understand” her decision to take part in the ITV show.
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The father and son talked about the experience on their Sorted with the Dyers podcast, discussing the tension earlier in an episode released last year.
Danny says news of his daughter’s involvement with Love Island “didn’t go well with .” [him] at first,” with the pair revealing that things were getting awkward.
Dani said she even thought he “hated” her, although her father refuted the idea. She added: “He doesn’t like me. We don’t really talk. I walk into the room and it’s going to be awkward.”
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Danny admitted that they didn’t talk, suggesting that he was “annoyed” because they were so close but that he was “the last” to find out that she was doing the show.
The actor said he was even “angry” when she left Majorca, even though watching the show was a different experience. Danny said he was “proud” of his daughter up there.
And more recently, he further commented on his feelings before she joined, saying that he “didn’t understand” Dani’s decision to be on a show like Love Island.
He said on their podcast earlier this year: “I don’t understand Love Island very well. I’m nervous about the show and its concept.” It was a “huge shock”, he said.
Danny is not the only father of an island resident with concerns, with former football player Michael, 42 – whose daughter Gemma, 19, stars in the latest series – has expressed so. .
While covering a recent football match, he was teased about the situation, before being asked how he felt – with him saying he wanted to skip it.
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He said: “I went all the way to Germany to try to avoid all that in my home country, but it came out immediately!” He added: “This is taking my mind off me so don’t bring it back.”
Such comments come after Michael spoke about his eldest child Gemma to ITV News ahead of the new Love Island series, which begins earlier this week.
He commented: “I have no doubt she would make all of us proud. It’s probably a father’s worst nightmare, but whatever she wants to do, you have to support her. household.”
The sports commentator added: “I think old, grumpy men like me will always have an opinion about it because I don’t watch it and you just listen to excerpts.”
However, the father-of-four insisted he would support his daughter’s decision, saying he hoped he had given her a “decent enough basis to be respected”.
Love Island continues tonight on ITV2 and ITV Hub from 9pm. You can follow previous episodes through BritBox and ITV Hub.
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