Love Island’s Gemma Owen was left devastated after her dog Ronnie passed away

‘It was really heartbreaking for all of us’: Love Island’s Gemma Owen was left devastated after her dog Ronnie passed away while she was on holiday – months before entering the villa

Gemma Owen suffered heartbreak just last year when she lost her beloved pet dog Ronnie, finding out the tragic news while she was 4,000 miles away on holiday.

The 19-year-old, who entered the Love Island villa this week, said at the time that she was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss.

Describing Ronnie as her ‘best mate’, Gemma and her footballer dad Michael Owen both expressed their sadness after finding out the news over a phone call.

Tragic: Gemma Owen, 19, suffered heartache last year after losing her pet dog Ronnie whilst on holiday

The family’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier took ill while the reality star and her family were holidaying in Dubai, with Michael flying back early to work.

Taking to her Instagram Story following the loss, Gemma wrote: ‘A few days ago I lost my everything’, before dubbing Ronnie ‘best boy’, over a picture of the two of them.

Appearing on the podcast Walking The Dog with Emily Dean, Michael described it as ‘the worst holiday we’ve ever had’.

Heartache: The star, who entered the Love Island villa this week, said at the time that she was 'heartbroken' over the loss

Heartache: The star, who entered the Love Island villa this week, said at the time that she was ‘heartbroken’ over the loss

Close: The family's Staffordshire Bull Terrier took ill while the reality star and her family were holidaying in Dubai, with Michael flying back early to work

Close: The family’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier took ill while the reality star and her family were holidaying in Dubai, with Michael flying back early to work

He detailed: ‘I had to comment on a game so I had flown back from Dubai and I was on air. I had a beep on my phone. Then as soon as we got to an ad break, I looked at it and it was my mum saying ‘call me straight away’.

‘I had to do another two hours on the show knowing my dog ​​was literally being put down as it happened.

Michael continued: ‘And then I phoned the kids out in Dubai. It was probably the best thing because it took our mind off it a little bit, but don’t get me wrong, it was the worst holiday we’ve ever had.’

Cute: 'He was my best mate.  I absolutely loved him.  He followed me around everywhere,' explained Gemma

Cute: ‘He was my best mate. I absolutely loved him. He followed me around everywhere,’ explained Gemma

Gemma's dad Michael explained: Detailing: 'I had to comment on a game so I had flown back from Dubai and I was on air.  I had a beep on my phone.  Then as soon as we got to an ad break, I looked at it and it was my mum saying 'call me straight away'

Gemma’s dad Michael explained: Detailing: ‘I had to comment on a game so I had flown back from Dubai and I was on air. I had a beep on my phone. Then as soon as we got to an ad break, I looked at it and it was my mum saying ‘call me straight away’

While Gemma added: ‘He was my best mate. I absolutely loved him. He followed me around everywhere.

‘He was like my dog ​​in my opinion. He was the best ever. It was really heartbreaking for all of us.’

In December, the family welcomed silver Staffy Kaiser and Italian greyhound Zola to the family – in addition to Gemma’s 12 horses.

Branded ‘cold’ by some Love Island viewers, the beauty is currently coupled up with Italian hunk Davide, after originally being paired with Welsh native Liam.

Clan: The family welcomed silver Staffy Kaiser and Italian greyhound Zola to the family last year (LR Gemma's sister Emily May, mum Louise, dad Michael, sister Jessica, Gemma and brother James)

Clan: The family welcomed silver Staffy Kaiser and Italian greyhound Zola to the family last year (LR Gemma’s sister Emily May, mum Louise, dad Michael, sister Jessica, Gemma and brother James)

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