Roman Kemp says his mum 'saved' him when he didn’t want to 'be here' during health battle

Roman Kemp
Roman Kemp speaks about his mental health -Credit:BBC

The One Show star Roman Kemp has opened up about how his mum Shirlie helped him with his mental health struggles when he was a child. Speaking on the BBC show on Monday, May 13 the 31-year-old, who is the son of Shirlie and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, was encouraging others to talk about how they’re feeling.

“I started having those thoughts where, ‘I don't want to see anyone anymore’,” said Roman, who left Capital FM earlier this year, adding: "And then it turned quite serious and they started turning into, ‘I don't want to be here anymore’.

“And it's when those thoughts start coming in that I was so lucky that I had my mum that I could explain those thoughts to her.”

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Roman continued: “Obviously as a mother that's the worst thing you want to hear. There would be times where I was lucky enough that my mum would be like, ‘Look, you don't have to do your homework, I'll write a note to the teacher, but just let's have a conversation and let's talk.’ What it did was it made me start realising why my brain was acting how it was. She was the person that, you know, saved me in a way.”

Roman Kemp with his parents Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp at an event held in March 2019
Roman Kemp with his mum and dad Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp -Credit:Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Roman, whose best friend Joe Lyons died by suicide, admitted that he still occasionally suffers from panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also said that he tries to see a therapist “two months in a year”. He added: “There are so many people out there that are willing to listen and to help you get through that battle, no matter what it is.”

The TV star, who was confirmed to be one of The One Show’s permanent presenters last year, was talking about his mental health for Children in Need campaign, The Heaviest Backpack. During which, Roman, Vick Hope, Jamie Laing, Alex Scott MBE, Katie Thistleton and Joe Wicks MBE have shared personal reflections from their childhoods and unpacked their own backpacks in a series of powerful films. From discussions about bullying, anxiety, racism and issues at home, each film demonstrates the importance of positive relationships in childhood and the power of conversations in helping lighten the weight that some children carry.

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