Martin Kemp tells son Roman he has '10 years to live' after brain tumour battle

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Martin Kemp guessed he has around 10 years left -Credit:(Image: ITV/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Martin Kemp candidly told his son, Roman, that he believes he only has '10 years to live' following his fight with two brain tumours.

The father and son duo are gearing up to tackle some deep topics in their podcast titled - 'FFS! My dad is Martin Kemp'. The grim subject of death was an opener and the former EastEnders star didn't mince words: "10 years, I don't know! ", in response to a query about how long he has left.

In reflecting on the terrifying health episode when he received his brain tumour diagnosis at the age of 34, the Spandau Ballet icon had to confront his own mortality head on reports the Daily Star.

Martin revealed his state of mind during that period, saying: "But I was the age of 34 when I went through all that brain tumour scare and I went through two years of my life thinking I was going to die."

He added another layer to his tale of survival saying: "Every day, every year every month that I've lived has been a bonus. When I was 34 and I went through that brain tumour stuff, I was practically resigned to the fact I was gonna die."

Reminiscing his wild younger days, he stated: "But I was quite happy, because I'd lived the most incredible experiences. I lived through the 80s in a rock band, the people I met, the things I'd done. When I was 17 I was flying around Europe on jets drinking champagne at 7am."

Finally, Martin confessed that he had accepted the notion of an early death, saying: "When I thought I was going to die I thought, you know what, I'm quite happy. And that was back then, so every year that I live, every month that I'm alive now is a bonus."

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Martin and Roman Kemp have been the ultimate father and son pair, making appearances on Celebrity Gogglebox and becoming the new faces of Vision Express. However, they haven't ventured into podcasting together until now.

Dishing out the details about their latest audio venture, the former jungle champ said: "I want to do things with you because I like that when I'm older, if I have grandkids, I have evidence to show my relationship with you."

It comes as Roman disclosed the sombre reason behind his Capital FM departure. The popular TV personality signed off from the radio station for the final time in March, ending his decade-long run.

His friend and Capital FM producer Joe Lyons' untimely death significantly influenced his choice to depart. Joe tragically committed suicide in 2020 at only 31 years old.

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