Chris Hughes reveals the advice he gave Gemma Owen before she went into Love Island

Former Love Island star Chris Hughes has revealed that he gave advice to Gemma Owen before she entered the villa.

In 2017, the reality star, 29, appeared in the third series of the ITV2 dating show, alongside Olivia Attwood.

Chris then became close friends with the Owen family after appearing on the Crystal Maze with 19 year old Gemma's dad, Michael Owen.

The retired footballer, 42, and Chris also regularly cross paths on the horse racing circuit after the 29 year old began working as a pundit for ITV.

Michael is an avid fan of horse racing and is also a part owner of four race horses. Chris told The Sun that he offered some words of advice to Gemma at a Chester event in May.

He said: "They're a lovely, down-to-earth family. I just said to her you've got to be yourself. You can't be anyone else because you're in there for such a long time. Just stay true to yourself, that's the reason you're on the show. And enjoy it, that's what life's about."

He went onto explain how the show has evolved since he was in the villa, he said: "I feel like people's perceptions when they go on have changed, possibly, from when I went on there.

"We genuinely didn't think hardly anyone was watching Love Island. It was actually blowing up while we were in there, and we didn't know that."

Chris says he only realised his life would change forever when fellow Islander Sam Gowland returned to the villa after being dumped earlier in the series.

After having a taste of the outside world, Sam told the others how he had made several public appearances (PAs) and even had a manager.

It comes after Love Island star Gemma turned up the heat with the heart race challenge on Wednesday's show with her dad Michael breaking his silence over the awkward scenes.

Breaking his silence over the scenes at home, Gemma's dad Michael shared a simple tweet of a hiding eyes emoji with the hands over its face.

The sportsman's followers flocked to the comments as even Specsavers' official account joked: "Want some blackout sunglasses?"


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