MICHAEL Owen spent quality time with his youngest daughter today as he continues to distract himself from his other girl, Gemma, being on Love Island.
The legendary former striker’s 19-year-old daughter Gemma entered the Majorcan villa last week, which he has described as a “nightmare”.
And today she wasn’t far from his mind as he took his youngest riding on her horse.
Sharing a snap of their bonding moment, he wrote: “While the eldest is away, my youngest is progressing well on her pride and joy, Jigsaw🧩. Well done @jess_0wen.”
Despite his reservations about Gemma looking for love on national TV, Michael has defended her and shown his support.
The teenager has faced a viewer backlash on the show, with some viewers slamming her for being “rude” and smug”.
Speaking about the troll comments Michael, 42, told the Daily Mail: “It’s hard because I have three other kids [James, 16, Emily, 14, and Jessica, 12] and this is their sister and they are reading this stuff.
“Louise [my wife] has been very upset about it. You can say, ‘don’t read it’ but that’s very difficult.”
He went on: “I know she’s been used to that sort of thing with me — I’ve had it all my life; to look at my social media feeds you’d think 70 per cent of the world hates me, but it’s different when it’s your daughter. For Louise it’s more difficult.
“She’s the most amazing girl you could meet.
“She’s clever and funny and kind. She’s not two-faced. She’s loyal, a decent person.”
Looking upset, he added: “She’s still our baby. I’m still my parents’ baby and I’m 42! It’s how it is.”
Tonight’s things are set to heat up even more for Gemma as her ex Jacques enters the villa in a shock twist.
Gemma was previously paired up with Italian stallion Davide Sanclimenti, 27.
Some viewers found this age gap unacceptable, and threatened too report Love Island to Ofcom.
There was a surprise twist in Friday night’s show, when Luca Bish, 23, stole Gemma from Davide in the recoupling.
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