Luca Bish’s family took to Instagram Stories on his account on Monday to say they don’t condone his behaviour towards partner Gemma Owen.
Fans had called for Gemma to break off her relationship with the fishmonger, after he raged at her for ‘flirting’ with Billy Brown on Sunday night’s show.
And his family have said that while he would be ’embarrassed’ by his actions and will no doubt apologise, he doesn’t deserve the abuse he has been getting.
‘We don’t condone his behaviour’: Luca Bish’s family took to Instagram on Monday to address the Love Island star’s reaction to Gemma Owen ‘flirting’ with Billy Brown the night before
Addressing: Luca’s family urged people to note that he is in an intense environment and doesn’t deserve to receive abuse but were aware that his behaviour towards Gemma was not acceptable
They say his behaviour is not reflective of the boy they ‘know and love at home’ but noted that his Love Island experience is an intense one.
They wrote: ‘I want to apologise on behalf of Luca for his insensitive reaction on last night’s episode. I know that when he watches it back, he will be embarrassed and deeply apologetic.
‘We as his family don’t condone his behaviour last might, but we do understand he is in an intense environment where his actions are heightened. Last night was not reflective of the boy we all know and love at home.
Shock: Luca was left seething after watching Gemma have a ‘flirty’ chat with Billy during Casa Amor, prompting him to question the strength of their relationship
‘Please be aware death threats and nasty comments totally overstep the mark and something we has a family should not have to ensure, for this reason we have turned off the comments and messages.
‘For all those who have sent messages checking in on us, we would like to thank you very much and we see you.’
Luca was left seething after watching Gemma have a chat with Billy during Casa Amor, prompting him to question the strength of their relationship.
The second half of Movie Night saw a clip entitled Good Bill Hunting show Billy and Gemma chatting in the villa.
Billy quizzed Gemma on whether options were open when it came to pairing-up with another person despite her being in a couple with Luca.
Luca fumed as he watched the clip: ‘Just bring me a f**king bird in and watch.
‘Trust me when I say, if she wants to f**king play games with me, I’ll play with it.’
He added: ‘I can’t be with someone like that, I’m sorry.’
Later that evening after the films aired, Luca pulled Gemma for a chat, saying: ‘You were entertaining it,’ to which Gemma replied: ‘No I wasn’t.’
Luca called Billy over to the fire pit to join them and asked: ‘Did you feel like she was flirting with you?’
Billy answered: ‘Yeah, it was just flirty banter,’ prompting Gemma to interject: ‘Did we have a flirty chat? Yes.’
Fuming: Love Island fans have called for Gemma to send Luca packing, after he raged at her for ‘flirting’ with Billy Brown in Sunday night’s show
Luca replied: ‘But just a minute ago you said you didn’t have a flirty chat, you literally said I wasn’t flirting.’
As the conversation continued, Gemma said: ‘I don’t think any lines have been crossed.’
However, Luca did not back down, insisting that the real source of his anger was not that he flirted but instead how he came out of the situation.
He explained: ‘I’m not angry that you flirted. I’m angry that when I pulled you on the situation, you made me out to be an idiot.’
Viewers at home fumed watching the scenes, arguing Gemma had done nothing wrong and that Luca was displaying ‘gaslighting’ behaviour.
One fan said: ‘Luca gives abusive partner vibes, GEMMA GET ON YOUR HORSE AND GALLOP AWAY.’
Another agreed, saying: ‘Nah someone needs to sit me down and explain what exactly Luca has to be that fuming about? He should’ve left with Jacques.’
A third compared Luca to Joe Goldberg from the Netflix show You, saying: ‘Nah gemma needs to leave Luca. She could ask the male shopkeeper for her receipt and he’d say she was “entertaining” him.’
Angry: Viewers at home fumed watching the scenes, arguing Gemma had done nothing wrong and that Luca was displaying ‘gaslighting’ behaviour
Someone else echoed: ‘no bc luca is actually gaslighting gemma into believing that she did something wrong. she needs to drop him asap’.
While a fifth said: ‘Lemme report Luca to Ofcom. This is how we miss the signs of abusive men.’
Many fans also noted how Luca laughed openly when the other boys were caught out in the films, but reacted very differently when the girls’ clips played.
One argued: ‘Gemma’s scene was absolutely nothing and Luca is crying throwing up sliding down the wall when he was laughing at everyone else. What a scary guy.’
Hypocrisy: Many fans also noted how Luca laughed openly when the other boys were caught out in the films, but reacted very differently when the girls’ clips played
Another backed this up, saying: ‘luca saying it was just a peck it’s not deep but when gemma blinks in the direction of billy the end of the world is near.’
A third chimed in to add: ‘luca laughing at the boys’ behaviour while simultaneously being fuming at gemma for SPEAKING to another man? the misogyny of this year is wild. luca needs to get on a flight home and couple up with jacques
And a fourth thought the same, writing: ‘why is luca allowed to be ‘fuming’ over gemma and billy literally talking but when the girls r upset over the boys being disrespectful and kissing girls he’s justifying it and literally laughing in their faces??? is he ok in the head.’
LOVE ISLAND 2022: MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Name: Paige Thorne
Who is their type on paper? ‘In Swansea there is just no-one I can find.
‘I haven’t got to swipe. So, hopefully they can just come to me now!
‘I came out of a relationship and I was just so done with guys. Then I was like, ‘Ok, I’m bored now’
Name: Indiyah Polack
Occupation: Hotel waitress
Who is their type on paper? ‘It’s quite hard to date without being influenced by social media and stuff like that.
‘Love Island is a great place to get to know someone one-on-one.
‘I don’t think I have ever been out with two guys who are quite the same.’
Name: Tasha Ghouri
Occupation: Model and dancer
Who is their type on paper? ‘My dating life has been a shambles.
‘This is an opportunity for me to find ‘the one’ and have a great summer at the same time.
‘I’m definitely ready for a relationship. I’m 23 now so I’m ready to get to know someone and travel with them.’
Name: Gemma Owen
Occupation: International Dressage Rider and Business Owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am open to finding love, I’m wanting to have a really fun summer.
‘I would say I’m fun, flirty and fiery. I think I’m good at giving advice, I’m a good person to talk to, I’m very honest.
‘If I want the same guy, I’d do it but in a nice respectful way.
Andrew Le Page
Name: Andrew Le Page
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Who is their type on paper? ‘When I’m with someone I’m very loyal.
‘I’m a good boyfriend as when I’m with someone I’m all for them.
‘I’m actually single for once, so I thought why not? This is the best time to give it a go.’
Name: Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu
Who is their type on paper? ‘I’m quite picky and I’m not just looking for looks, I’m looking for brains!
‘I’m looking for someone with intelligence, someone who can have good chats. Nothing like cockiness!’
Name: Deji Adeniyi
Occupation: Accounts Manager
Why Love Island and why now? ‘The reason why is that my sex life is amazing but my love life is awful. I am the master of failed talking stages. My love life isn’t going the right way so one night I decided to apply for Love Island and now I’m here!’
Josh Samuel Le Grove
Name: Josh Samuel Le Grove
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve always been single. If you’re going to find someone, it’ll be in a place where everyone is single and looking for the same thing.’
Name: Adam Collard
Occupation: Personal trainer
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’m going to ruffle a few feathers when I go in.’
Name: Dami Hope
Occupation: Senior Microbiologist
Who is their type on paper? ‘I will be talking to different girls, it might not go well with some.
‘When I’m actually in a relationship, I think it’s a star sign thing.
‘I’m an Aries but I’m very passionate – I always used to put that person first. I’m really good at being in a team’.
Name: Davide Sanclimenti
Location: Rome (lives in Manchester)
Occupation: Business owner
Who is their type on paper? ‘A lot of English girls actually love me.
‘They love to be around me and I love to be around them. I want to find my soulmate.
‘Find my person so I can actually build something in the future, grow with them, be a family. ‘
Name: Luca Bish
Who is their type on paper? ‘I prefer to meet girls out and about. I think when you go looking for it, it’s not as easy though, it’s like you’re too desperate for it.
‘If I think you’re the one or I like you, I’ll take you out on a date but other than that, if we talk and I don’t like where it’s going – then I won’t be throwing out dates.’
Name: Jacques O’Neill
Occupation: Rugby League Player
Who is their type on paper? ‘I think it needs to be the right person, at the right time.
‘I was saying to my mum the other day that I want a girl. And I’m now ready to settle down.’
Name: Danica Taylor
Who is their type on paper? ‘I am the type of girlfriend that I want to do so much with you – deep conversations, silly activities.
‘If you say let’s go canoeing all day even though I am quite a glam girl, I am down for it.’
Name: Summer Botwe
Occupation: Events decor business co-owner
What are you looking forward to in the Villa? I think that I’m just genuinely good vibes – very goofy, very silly. Everyone will be fun around me. I don’t really take things too seriously. I feel like I might end up bringing some drama because I do want to go full force with Dami…
Name: Coco Lodge
Occupation: Graphic designer/ ring girl/ shot girl
How would your friends/ family describe you? They’d probably describe me as a predator. I’m super flirty! I give off big energy and boys gravitate towards me and I’m always flirty.
Name: Billy Brown
Occupation: Roofing company director
Why Love Island and why now? ‘I’ve had two girlfriends before, I was obviously going to try and find the lucky third one!’