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Love Island’s Gemma & Luca Have Very Different Ideas About Their Break Up

They may have been each other’s type on paper, but they’re no longer on the same page.

by Frances Stewart and Sophie McEvoy
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Gemma Owen and Luca Bish on 'Love Island' 2022

Having been somewhat of a solid match since very early on, Love Island runners up Gemma Owen and Luca Bish have had all eyes on them since leaving the villa. The couple have been present on one another’s social media profiles, sharing highlights of their date nights and such. But unlike other couples who made their relationships official in the villa, Gemma and Luca decided to wait before taking the plunge. On Aug. 29, Luca pulled out all the stops to make Gemma his girlfriend. In a stunning Instagram reel, he led Gemma down a hallway framed with rose petals, candles, and red balloons to a swimming pool surrounded by more roses. There, “Be My Girlfriend” was spelt out in balloons floating in the pool. But what’s the current status of their relationship?

Sadly, Gemma and Luca are no longer together. Three months after becoming an official item, the couple have decided to call it quits. Gemma made the announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 16 via a short statement on her Instagram Story. “I wanted to let you know that Luca and I are no longer in a relationship,” she wrote. “It wasn’t an easy decision but ultimately this is what is best for us both right now.”

An hour later, Luca posted an Instagram Story of his own, revealing he would have preferred to take a different route when it came to announcing the split. “I would have liked some time to process this privately but as you all already now know sadly Gemma and I made the mutual decision earlier today to go our separate ways,” he wrote. “We have been on such a journey together and have made some amazing memories which I will treasure.” Luca ended the post by saying that he and Gemma “will remain good friends and I wish nothing but the best for her.”

This sad announcement comes after months of speculation among some fans as to whether the couple were still together. During the televised Love Island reunion, one viewer tweeted: “Oh, Gemma and Luca have defo split up. The body language is screaming.” Another fan remarked, shortly after the Love Island finale: “Why does part of me feel like Gemma and Luca have already broken up?” Adding their own two cents, one viewer commented: “You know when Katniss & Peeta have to pretend they’re still together and love each other in [Hunger Games’] Catching Fire? That’s the vibe I get from Gemma & Luca.

The pair were also said to have had a row at the reunion after-party. According to reports, a photographer referenced Gemma to Luca outside of the venue, saying: “You've got your hands full there.” To which Luca is said to have replied: “Oh, don't, mate. She's got the right hump with me!" However, the Love Island runners-up refuted these reports during their appearance on Good Morning Britain on Aug. 8. Hosts Richard Madeley and Charlotte Hawkins asked if they had, in fact, argued on the evening of the reunion, but both laughed it off, saying there was no such row.

Bustle has contacted representatives of Gemma Owen and Luca Bish for comment.

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