Love Island star Gemma Owen has gone to defend her partner Luca Bish after his behavior in the villa was criticized by viewers.
The pair was the runner-up in the series, finishing second behind Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti.
However, Luca was the center of controversy during his time on the hit ITV2 reality show as many fans complained about his behaviour.
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Ofcom received numerous complaints following the show’s Snog Marry Pie challenge when Luca and fellow islander Dami Hope were accused of bullying Tasha Ghouri.
Likewise, Luca also came under fire for his relationship with Gemma, with some fans suggesting that he was too dominant.
However, thinking about her Love Island experience, Gemma has now shared her own take on the criticism of Luca.
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“I think viewers only see an hour a day,” Gemma told Virgin Media’s The Six O’Clock Show. “People are put in different situations than you would see from the outside. People behave differently in those kinds of situations.
“Personally, I think it’s unfair to judge someone just outside that hour. I think there’s a lot more to it.”
The reality star insisted that fans should not take Luca so hard and instead give him the “benefit of the doubt”.
“I think some actions may have changed, but everyone makes mistakes,” Gemma explained. “You’re put in situations there that no one really understands unless you live in them.”
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Gemma shared more details about her relationship with Luca and confirmed that they haven’t made things official yet by labeling themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend.
“The ball is in his court,” she noted, after revealing that Luca had already received permission from her family, including her footballer, father Michael Owen.
Love Island airs on ITV2 and is available via catch-up on ITV Hub and Britbox.