Why did Gemma Owen and Jacques O’Neill split up?

Love Island fans were left shocked as Gemma Owen’s ex Jacques O’Neill entered the villa on Sunday, June 12.

The 23-year-old rugby player is the ITV2 show’s latest bombshell and revealed more about his relationship with Gemma during a date with single Islander Afia Tonkmor.

Why did Gemma and Jacques break up?

Speaking ahead of his arrival in the villa, Jacques revealed the reason behind their split was due to him concentrating on rugby too much.

He said: “I split up with my ex and then I was seeing someone else. I was concentrating so much on my rugby and then I had that injury.

He added: “I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time.”

The Professional Rugby League star has played for Castleford Tigers since he was a teenager.

Jacques and Gemma dated a year and a half ago


Jacques and Gemma dated a year and a half ago

However, he has been plagued with injury, having not played for a year following a hamstring re-attachment surgery.

How long were they together?

Gemma was left stunned when she saw her ex walk into the villa on Sunday, June 12.

The rugby player is the latest bombshell in the villa and instead of asking Gemma out on a date, he went with Afia and Paige.

Single Islanders Afia and Paige received a text inviting them to the garden for a date with new arrival Jacques.

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Paige was the first to head out on a date with Jacques as the other girls peaked from the balcony. Gemma gasped: “Oh my god, no, that’s my ex-boyfriend.”

Afia asked Gemma: “How long were you with him for?” to which Gemma replied: “Eight months.”

When asked when they broke up she added: “A year and a half ago.”

What has Jacques said about his relationship with Gemma?

Single Islander Afia headed down to the garden for her date with Jacques.

Wanting to know more about his past relationship with Gemma, she asked: “Did it end amicably?” to which he replied:  I wouldn’t say so, maybe not, I am not sure but we will have to find out won’t we?”

Before he entered Love Island, the sportsman admitted that he “falls easily”.

He said: “I literally know if they’re going to be my girlfriend within a week. I fall pretty quick.”

“I’ll look after someone close to me to the full extent I can. I would have a baby in two or three years.

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“I think I’d be good with babies too, they’d be good looking wouldn’t they?”

He added: “I am loving, I’ve got loads to give! At family parties, I always bring the laughs.”


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