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Martin Kemp ‘so proud’ of son Roman for opening up on mental health struggle

Martin Kemp has spoken of his pride at son Roman for opening up about his mental health battle in a new documentary on BBC Three

Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp has opened up on how proud he is of his son, Capital FM DJ Roman, for speaking out about mental health in a new BBC Three documentary.

Roman, 28, said that at his lowest point he seriously considered ending his life by jumping in front of a train.

He admitted that it was his mum, Wham! singer Shirlie Holliman, who saved him that day and apologised to her for not sharing his feelings at the time.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Martin, 59, said: "Roman knows that the generation he is talking to, his generation, he has an audience, because he talks to them every morning on his radio show.

"I am so proud of him, Lorraine, the way he's put himself up there to say, 'It can happen to anybody.'

"He comes from a loving family, but he found growing up at certain points difficult, the same all kids do, but he had people he could talk to.

Martin Kemp
Martin spoke to Lorraine Kelly about his son (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
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"What Roman is trying to do is get young guys who are having mental health problems to open up to either their friends, their family, or find someone they can talk to.

"That is what Roman is trying to drive."

In the documentary called Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which airs on Tuesday, Roman discusses that part of the reason for his suicidal thoughts was that he believed he's only successful because of his dad's fame.

Roman Kemp and Martin Kemp
Martin says he is proud of son Roman for his new documentary (Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Sony)

The 2019 I'm A Celebrity finalist bravely discusses how he's been on antidepressants since he was 15 and how just 18 months ago he found himself crippled by anxieties.

Revealing what it was he was anxious about, he told the documentary: "On everything: how I looked, what I was doing wrong work-wise, 'Am I doing my job because of who my dad is?, Am I being a good boyfriend?'.

"I remember saying to myself, ‘What’s the point? Why am I carrying on?'"

Roman Kemp's producer friend Joe Lyons sadly died last year (Image: Instagram)

The death of his radio producer Joe Lyons last year inspired the popular DJ to film the documentary about male suicide.

Roman describes his best friend as being "like a brother" to him and admitted he had no idea Joe was struggling.

* Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am

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