Roman Kemp reveals he contemplated suicide in new documentary

Written on 03/11/2021

By Ciarán Mather

Media personality and radio presenter Roman Kemp has revealed that he considered dying by suicide when he was at his lowest point during a 13-year battle with depression.

The 28-year-old, who is also the son of Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, recounted his story to The Sun ahead of his new documentary, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which examines mental ill health and suicide amongst men.

He credited his mother, Pepsi & Shirlie and former WHAM! backing singer Shirlie Holliman, as being the person who saved him during his time of crisis.

Kemp also admitted that he has been on antidepressants since he was 15 and part of his depression was the result of anxiety where, at the time, he questioned everything about his personal life and fame.

Notably, he questioned if his success was only due to his parents' fame.

The death of his radio producer, Joe Lyons, last year inspired him to tackle the issue of suicide among men, and admitted that he 'had no idea' that his close friend was struggling with his own mental health.

Reminiscing about Lyons, he said: 'He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door; I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.'

'He was with me right from my very first show: He taught me everything.' 

Kemp also said that Joe was like a mentor to him, saying: 'I don’t [wouldn't] know sitting in a radio studio without him.'

The former I'm A Celebrity contestant also revealed that he found himself struggling with his mental health only 18 months ago, and opened up on how his mental health issues continue to have an impact.

He added that while he is 'super happy' whenever he is broadcasting, his depression 'can strike at any time.'

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency will air on BBC One next Tuesday at 9pm.

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