Love Island’s Gemma Owen and other famous children with footballing fathers

With Love Island ‘s Gemma Owen currently dominating the villa in the hopes of finding true love, many fans at home have been left wondering how long it will be before she drops the ultimate bombshell and reveals she is the daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen.

While many may be content to ride on the coat tails of their famous parents, 19 year old Gemma has made the decision to be known only as her own person, instead declaring herself to be an international dressage champion in her own right, rather than the daughter of a celebrity athlete.

Alongside her career as a horse rider, Gemma has also recently launched her own swimwear brand, OG Beachwear and even expressed her aspirations to follow in the footsteps of billionaire Kylie Jenner as the owner of a thriving global company.

But what about other children of famous football players?

We take a look at some of the most recognisable names and see how they’re shaping up outside of their parents shadow.

Brooklyn Beckham & David Beckham



Brooklyn is the son of David and Victoria Beckham

The eldest of the four Beckham children, Brooklyn Beckham boasts one of the most famous footballers of all time as a dad, while also having former Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham as a mum.

Brooklyn almost followed in his father’s footballing footsteps in his youth, having joined Arsenal’s academy as a teenager, but he parted ways with the club in 2015 to pursue other interests.

Since then, the 23 year old has pursued multiple creative avenues, including a modeling gig which saw him travel around the world and appear on the covers of high profile publications including Miss Vogue, Dazed Korea and The New York Times Style Magazine, to name a few.

Brooklyn also holds a keen interest in photography and released his own book of photography in 2017 which offered fans a glimpse into his every day life through a series of specially curated photographs and comments he had taken.

The young Beckham also starred in an online cooking series called Cookin’ with Brooklyn where he flexed his culinary chops showing off an eclectic, but diverse skillset.

Outside of his work, Brooklyn has also been the talk of the tabloids in his personal life, most recently in April 2022 when he married the love of his life, American actress Nicola Peltz.

Sharing the experience exclusively with Vogue, fans from around the world were captivated by the romantic but intricate nature of the couple’s attention to detail for their special day, with many fans also following the couple on social media in the hopes of even further insight into their relationship.

His Instagram following stands at an astonishing 14.1 million.

Bianca Gascoigne & Paul Gascoigne



Bianca Gascoigne is the daughter of footie star Paul Gascoigne
Bianca Gascoigne is the daughter of footie star Paul Gascoigne

Another famous face you may recognise is model Bianca Gascoigne, the adopted daughter of former England international, Paul Gascoigne.

The 35-year-old glamor model enjoyed peak levels of fame in the mid-to-late notions, with her successful modeling career seeing her feature in campaigns for Loaded and FHM magazines.

Following her modeling career, Bianca turned her hand to TV presenting, and even featured in a victorious campaign on the original version of ITV’s Love Island in 2006.

Throughout the naughties, Bianca has been a regular fixture on many TV shows, with appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Coach Trip, the 2009 series of The X Factor and most recently a stint on the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars, to name but a few of the iconic shows under her belt.

Bianca has an enviable Instagram following of 349k.

Kelly Cates & Kenny Dalglish



Kelly Cates is now a popular sports presenter
Kelly Cates is now a popular sports presenter

The eldest child of former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish, Kelly Cates continued to be inspired by her father’s sporting prowess as she pursued a successful career as a sports presenter.

Reporting with high profile outlets such as Sky Sports, ESPN and Radio 5 Live, Kelly also reported for ITB during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while also hosting the 2011/12 edition of the UEFA Champions League.

Calum Best & George Best



Calum Best has made his own way in the TV world
Calum Best has made his own way in the TV world

Calum Best, the only child of legendary Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer, George Best could easily have had football in his blood. Yet unlike his athlete father, the 41 year old decided against following in his father’s footsteps and instead carved out his own career path in the form of acting, modeling and TV presenting.

Born and raised in California, Calum lived the American dream until the age of 21, when he decided to move back to the UK.

He is most recognisable to fans for his TV appearances which included ITV’s Celebrity Love Island in 2006, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend and a cameo on the ITV drama, Footballer’s Wives.

Most recently, he starred in the 2017 series of Celebrity Big Brother and the 2020 series of Ex on the Beach.

Estelle Bergkamp & Dennis Bergkamp



Estelle Bergkamp has been busy forging her own career path as an entrepreneur
Estelle Bergkamp has been busy forging her own career path as an entrepreneur

The daughter of Arsenal and Netherlands international team striker, Dennis Bergkamp, ​​Estelle has opted to carve out her own future by pursuing her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Born in Amsterdam, the 26 year old recently moved to Manchester to continue her studies. The city is also the home to her husband Donny Van de Beek’s team Manchester United, although he is on loan to rival club Everton until the end of the 21-22 season.

The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in April 2022.

Alongside her success as a businesswoman, Estelle is also immensely popular on Instagram with a current follower count of around 133K to her name.

Hollie Shearer & Alan Shearer



Holly Shearer one day hopes to pursue a music career in Nashville.
Holly Shearer one day hopes to pursue a music career in Nashville

Newcastle born and bred, Hollie Shearer is the youngest daughter of Newcastle United icon and Match of the Day pundit, Alan Shearer.

At 25 years old, she has already put social media to good use as she hopes to one day ditch the North East for the bright lights of Nashville, USA, in order to pursue a music career, frequently offering fans a glimpse into her songwriting and performances.

With 56.1k followers already on Instagram, Hollie is already building an impressive fandom – but will she hit the big time? Only time will tell.

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