LOVE Island viewers were all shocked to discover Gemma Owen’s age when she revealed she’s just 19 years old.
The teenager – whose dad is football legend Michael Owen – was quizzed by the other girls after entering the villa in the show launch last night.
Gemma Owen is just 19 years oldCredit: ITV
She’s coupled up with LiamCredit: ITV
The surprised Islanders reacted with gasps – as Gemma laughed: “Yeah, not many people expect it.”
Paige murmured to the others: “Oh my gosh do you feel old now? See, 24 is old.”
“You’re not old,” Tasha reassured her.
One viewer tweeted: “Gemma is 19? NO WAYYY. I used to look like a teenager at that age.”
Another wrote: “Gemma is 19??? I’m nearly 10 years older than her and I look closer to 19 than she does.”
The series return got off to a dramatic start last night as host Laura Whitmore revealed a surprise twist.
Instead of the five lads and five ladies choosing who they want to couple up with as usual, the launch show saw fans getting to vote for each love match.
The vote concluded that the first couples are: Dami and Amber, Indiyah and Ikenna, Tasha and Andew, Gemma and Liam and Luca and Paige.
Boys Luca Bish, Dami Hope, Ikenna Ekwonna, Andrew Le Page and Liam Llewellyn were all happy with their lot – but the girls were less keen.
But the peace did not last for long.
The ITV2 show, hosted by Laura Whitmore, introduced a bombshell arrival in the form of Italian stallion Davide Sanclimenti, 27.
Indiyah Polack, who had already been matched up with Ikenna, said of Davide: “When I saw him I was very confused because I had no warning, but he is very good looking.”
Model Tasha Ghouri added: “Straight away I was like, ‘Wow. Fit. Hot. Sexy. Hercules’.”
And paramedic Paige Thorne, from Swansea, gushed: “I’m done. I’m ready to get married. I’m ready to have babies.”
Davide, a business owner, was chuffed with what was ahead of him, saying: “When I walked into the villa, I saw all the girls and I’m really impressed, I’m not going to lie.”
But it was Gemma who made the first move on the bombshell by planting a kiss on him during the group game.
Asked to plant a smacker on who she fancies most, Gemma ‘cheated’ on Welsh personal trainer Liam Llewellyn, 22, who the public chose to pair her up with.
Viewers furiously threatened to complain to Ofcom if Gemma, 19, and 27-year-old Davide get together because of their age-gap.
Elsewhere in Love Island’s steamiest launch show yet:
Love Island continues tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.
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