Love Island star Afia Tonkmor has admitted the islanders didn’t ever speak about Gemma Owen’s footballing legend dad Michael Owen while she was in the villa.
Afia was the first islander to be officially dumped, days after Liam Llewellyn left voluntarily.
While she showed an interest in Ikenna Ekwonna, he picked to stay coupled up with Indiyah Polack, meaning she waved goodbye to the villa last Monday.
But the contestant has now made the bombshell revelation that she and her fellow islanders never spoke about a certain person’s famous father.
It’s well-known by those tuning in that Gemma, 19, is the daughter of former Manchester United, Newcastle and England footballer, Michael.
After making his debut in the Premier League in 1997, the sports star finished as a joint top scorer with 18 goals, sharing the Premier League Golden Boot. He played his first match for England in 1998, becoming England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time.
However, Afia has insisted Michael was never spoken about in the process.
When asked by a fan whether the islanders were aware, she replied on Instagram: ‘If people do know, I did know before I went in because I watched her VT.
‘But if people do know, they don’t care… nobody really cares.’
The private members’ club lounge host said she ‘doesn’t know who’ Michael is either, which has left our minds blown.
‘I don’t know who he is, I know he’s a football guy, it was never, ever spoken about in my presence,’ she added.
The professional dressage rider has dropped a number of hints to the rest of the islanders about her link to the former striker.
This included a chat with her current love interest Luca Bish, who noted his and her father’s similar interests, such as racing and football.
He was heard replying: ‘I talk about football all the time. We’ll see if he knows what he’s talking about.’
Elsewhere, Liam, who was originally coupled up with Gemma, shared his shock at finding out about her famous father.
After the pair already chatted about football early on in the process, he told Aftersun: ‘I can’t believe who that actually was. That’s mad.
‘I’m a United fan. I actually have one of his tops when he came to the club.
He went on to add: ‘That first night, we were chatting about football and her family. I was so close. I can’t believe I didn’t quite work it out.’
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2.