Luca admits Love Island was ‘challenging’ as he looks ahead to future with Gemma

The pair are home! (Picture: rex / @gemowen_1)

Luca Bish has shared his first social media update since leaving the Love Island villa with Gemma Owen by his side.

The fishmonger and Michael Owen’s eldest daughter finished second to Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti in the final on Monday, after a rollercoaster ride in the villa.

Having now returned home, Luca posted on Instagram: ‘Back to the real world.

‘Thank you so much for all the support you’ve shown.

‘Love Island was the best and also most challenging experience all rolled into one for me.

‘I’ve left with life lessons, best friends, and a beautiful girl by my side.

‘So ready for the next chapter.’

‘So ready for the next chapter’ Luca penned (Picture: Raw Image LTD/MEGA)
The pair have been through their fair share of drama in the villa (Picture: Raw Image LTD/MEGA)

Luca’s post comes before Gemma has shared a picture of the couple, although she promised to keep fans ‘updated’ with her journey.

‘It’s so good to be back home after what has been an incredible and unforgettable experience,’ she penned. ‘I am genuinely so grateful for all the support throughout, thank you so much.

‘I’m looking forward to the next chapter now and will keep you updated on the journey.’

Towards the end of this year’s Love Island, the fishmonger came under fire when he blew up over Gemma licking Adam Collard during a challenge. 

Gemma and Luca finished second (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

His family fiercely defended him at the time, with a message posted on his social media account reading: ‘9/10 weeks of not contact with family. It’s a crazy intense environment where emotions are heightened.

‘Learning to have disagreements and resolve them it is part of all successful relationships. Society preaches men not to bottle things up and to open up???

‘So proud of how vulnerable and in touch with his emotions he’s been. Nothing but real.’ 

Luca’s mum also subtly hit back at the trolls when greeting her son at the airport in a top that read: ‘Head high and f*** em all.

Love Island: The Reunion airs on Sunday at 9pm on ITV2.

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