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Michael Owen Jets Off on Holiday After Reuniting With Daughter Gemma Owen – and No, He Still Hasn’t Met Luca Bish



Michael Owen posted a snap from a sunny trip abroad (Picture: Instagram/@themichaelowen)

Michael Owen has taken himself off on holiday days after daughter Gemma Owen finished as a runner-up on Love Island alongside Luca Bish – who the footballer has still not met. 

Gemma and Luca came second in the final of Love Island earlier this month, losing out on the crown to Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti

The pair haven’t let it dampen their spirits as they continue to get to know each other after leaving the Villa. 

However, when appearing on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, Luca, 23, confirmed he’s yet to meet Gemma’s famous sporting dad.

Now, it seems he’ll have to wait a bit longer too, as Michael shared a snap of himself enjoying his holidays.

Smiling away, while sitting at a restaurant table, he captioned the pic: ’A few days of sun.’ 

Gemma and Luca on GMB earlier this week (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

At the moment, Gemma and Luca remain in the UK, with both teasing some big things to come from both of them. 

It comes after Love Island host Laura Whitmore asked Luca during last week’s reunion episode whether he’d met the man himself yet. 

But Luca admitted: ‘Not yet, we’ve had a little FaceTime together and that’s it.’

Michael bought his daughter the perfect gift (Picture: Instagram/@gemowen_1)

Speaking to Richard Madeley and Charlotte Hawkins on GMB with Luca, Gemma told the pair the England legend is ‘proud’ of her after her stint in the Villa. 

Gemma revealed: ‘He just says, “So proud, you didn’t do anything to sort of disgrace us”. 

‘He’s happy. Everyone seems just buzzing which is nice.’ 

Gemma Owen and Luca Bish (R) were runners-up on Love Island (Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock)

Gemma, 19, reunited with her family at their home over the weekend, with Michael teasing his daughter with a hilarious welcome home gift.

The pair posed together on a yellow beanbag, just like one on the ITV series, which the islanders dubbed ‘cursed’, due to it always seeming to lead to drama whenever anyone sat on it. 

Luca and Gemma are yet to make their relationship official yet, despite having been ‘coupled up’ for nearly two months. 

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Gemma posted an update for fans on Wednesday evening (Picture: Instagram/@gemowen_1)

Gemma said during their TV appearance: ‘I mean we’re pretty much official, we’ve just not got a label on it. That’s up to Luca.’ 

The Brighton-native insisted: ‘I will do it.’ 

On Wednesday evening, the dressage rider posted another update for fans, hinting at the ‘exciting new opportunities’ she’s got to look forward to

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Chatting on her Instagram stories from the passenger seat of a car, she revealed she was waiting for her beau to return from a meeting, adding: ’Yesterday was so exciting, can’t wait, new opportunities.’

Gemma went on to reveal she is soon to fly out for a little break to catch up with friends and family, but it’s not clear whether Luca is set to join her or not.

Love Island can be streamed in full on ITV Hub now.

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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