Gemma Owen visits the beautiful Love Island villa, but the truth is that she already has celebrity kin. Her renowned father Michael is well-known, but who is her mother (and bestie) Louise?
This season’s contestants include a fishmonger, a shisha bar owner, and a real estate salesperson, to name a few. Gemma, on the other hand, is a dressage and swimwear designer who first experienced love through her ‘hurs.’
Aside from her job options, she is now hoping to find love on ITV2’s dating show. So, in terms of family life, who helped her raise her? We already know her father is well-known for his soccer skills, now let’s get to know her mother.
Meet Gemma Owen’s mom
Louise Bonsall, Gemma’s mother, has four to three daughters, including Emily and Jessica. She is also the mother of a son named James, whom she shares with her husband, former football player Michael.
Gemma, like Michael, was born and raised in Wales, and her mother instilled in her a love of horses. Louise frequently rescues horses and houses them on their property near their home, which also has a car storage facility.
Louise discovered her passion for horseback riding when she was seven years old, but she sustained horrible injuries in a major accident in 2004, according to OK. She was riding Isobelle when she fell off after the horse got up and landed on her.
Louise shattered her back twice and her hip and pelvis five times, forcing her to spend weeks in the Countess of Chester Hospital. She now serves as patroness of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, which provides care for horses.
The Love Island star calls mom her ‘rock’
While Gemma hasn’t shared any images with her famous father, she’s closer to mommy Louise than ever. She has referred to her as a “rock” and her “best friend.”
Gemma and Louise are more pals than a mother-daughter duo, from bikini vacations to dining out. Ms. Owen’s Instagram highlights include Dubai and Ibiza, indicating that she’s still living it up like her Love Island child!
‘Gem, don’t forget to keep things classy,’ her mum said Gemma, according to The Mirror. The competitor, on the other hand, is aware that her parents trust her to “do nothing to shame them.”
The Marriage of Michael and Louise
Michael and Louise first met when they were at the same elementary school in 1984. The childhood sweethearts married in 2005 and had four children together, including Gemma!
During their 17-year marriage, they traveled extensively, including to international racing events such as Royal Ascot. It all started at Hawarden High School in Flintshire, Wales, where they first met.
In 2004, the player proposed to Louise on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be her birthday. Michael and Louise also purchased Lower Soughton Manor in Flintshire, North Wales, where they had planned to marry.
Instead, they exchanged vows at the Carden Park Hotel in Chester, Cheshire, after learning that if a wedding ceremony was allowed, the venue would have to be available for other weddings for the next three years.
Celine is the chief of staff for Reality Titbit and a journalist with over five years of experience in the media field. After earning a degree in multimedia journalism, she worked as a radio newscaster and reporter until landing her current position as a reality TV writer.