Cheshire news Love Island star Gemma Owen's spitting image mum and how she met Michael PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Gemma has made a splash on the popular reality show, but who is her mother Louise and how did she meet the famous footballer Michael Owen?
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Fans of Love Island will no doubt be aware by now of contestant Gemma Owen's footballer dad. Fewer might know about the dressage rider's lookalike mum. Former England and Liverpool FC played Michael Owen has dubbed Gemma's run on the ITV reality show "every father's worst nightmare". Nonetheless, Gemma's mum Louise has been more supportive of Gemma. Louise and Michael married in 2005, following a smaller ceremony with a huge party at their mansion. She took to Instagram as Gemma turned 19, posting a series of pictures of her with her daughter, the Mirror reports. READ MORE: Gemma Owen's sisters, brother, mum and dad The post was accompanied by a caption which may have been alluding to Gemma's upcoming appearance on Love Island. It said:"Happy 19th Birthday to this beautiful queen @gem0wen. No words can describe how proud I am of you and what exciting times ahead for you!" Michael and Louise married after being childhood sweethearts. They first met when they were both students at Hawarden High School before Michael's fame. Former England striker Michael reportedly got down on one knee and popped the question on Valentine's Day - Louise's birthday - in 2004 and the private pair went on to tie the knot at the Carden Park Hotel in Chester the following year. Louise often shares snaps of her lavish family outings on Instagram (Image: Instagram) Alongside Gemma, 19, the happy couple are also parents to James, 16, Emily, 14 and Jessica, 12. While many WAGs chase the fame and fortune that comes with being married to a Premiership footballer, Louise has shunned the spotlight over the years - preferring to lead a private life rather than aspiring to become a celebrity in her own right. However, the mum-of-four often shares snippets of her idyllic life at home with her family - posting snaps of her lavish holidays and birthday celebrations with her 8,757 followers on Instagram. Louise did hit the headlines back in 2004, when she was involved in a terrifying horse riding accident at the age of 23, when firstborn child Gemma was just eight-months-old. Just like her daughter, mum-of-four Louise is also a horse lover and keen equestrian - with a passion for rescuing retired racehorses. According to reports at the time, the mum-of-four was thrown off her horse Isabelle at her then-home which resulted in her reportedly fracturing her pelvis.
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. The Love Island star's mum founded Manor House Stables in Cheshire around 2007, later expanding in 2009, along with BT Sports pundit Michael. Louise is also an ambassador for the British Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, an organisation that works to ensure horses have good lives after their time as racehorses concludes. Daughter Gemma seemingly has picked up on her mother's love of horses. The Love Island star has ridden horses since a young age, and currently competes as an international dressage rider for Great Britain on her horse, Sirius Black (nicknamed ‘Siz’). She most recently competed at the 2021 European Championships. "I’ve competed for Great Britain in dressage since I was 11-years-old. I’ve travelled all across Europe competing in big arenas in big competitions," the Love Island star said in her promotional interview before heading into the villa last week. I would say I’m very competitive. [When it comes to relationships] I will always go for what I want." While dad Michael may have earned million during his time as one of the world's biggest sports star, he and Louise have always ensured Gemma and their other children know the value of money. The retired footballer has previously told his kids to go work at a "pub down the road" if they're after a bit of extra cash. Speaking on the Walk The Dog podcast regarding his kids, the former Liverpool FC star said: "It's really difficult from a parent's point of view. You want to give your children the best start and the best chance. But you're always wrestling with the fact that if I just make it so easy, and I can do this and do that, is she going to learn from any mistakes? You want money that much - there's a pub down the road, go and work behind the bar or something. That's my view." NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here
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