Roman Kemp and his friend Joe Lyons: what happened?

Roman Kemp is hosting a compelling new documentary Roman Kemp: Our silent emergency, but what do we know about him … is he single and how old is he?

In this one-of-a-kind BBC One documentary, Roman explores the male suicide epidemic in the UK.

After the sudden loss of his friend Joe Lyons, Roman hopes to lift the stigma surrounding male mental health.

Here we take a look at the documentary, as well as the careers of Roman and his famous family so far.


Roman Kemp is a popular British radio host and DJ (Credit: SplashNews)

What happened to Roman Kemp’s buddy Joe Lyons?

Joe Lyons was a producer at Capital Radio and a close friend of Roman Kemp.

Tragically, he committed suicide in August 2020 at the age of 31.

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Joe had served Roman as a mentor and friend since joining Capital Radio in 2014.

Roman had a tattoo on his leg in homage to Joe.

The tattoo is of a dove symbolizing peace, but Roman would joke that it looked like a dove.

Now, of course, it has a purposeful meaning.

He explained, “I always put meaningful tattoos in places where I see them often.

“I’m also a man who wears shorts all year round so I can watch it every day.”

What did Roman Kemp say about mental health?

Roman was devastated when his friend and colleague Joe was lost.

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He went on to speak of his own struggles with mental health.

In a recent interview, he said he had been on antidepressants for 13 years.

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Roman Says He Has Been Battling Depression For Many Years (Credit: SplashNews)

He says his successful career and famous family are irrelevant in his darkest moments – since depression encompasses everything.

Speak with iNews He said, “It is at these moments that you enter this terrible place in your head, with the smallest little problem being the greatest worry on this planet, and devouring you completely.

“It’s like going up against a terrible fighter inside your head who just beats you up and you can’t stop that.”

How old is roman

Roman was born on January 28, 1993. He has been 28 years old since March 2021.

Who are his famous parents?

Roman is the son of Martin Kemp and Shirlie Kemp.

Martin, 59, is best known for being a member of the new wave band Spandau Ballet and playing Steve Owen in EastEnders.

Shirlie, maiden name Shirlie Holliman, 58, was one of the original backup singers for Wham!

Is Roman friends with Harry Styles?

Roman is friends with One Direction member Harry Styles.

And he is also famous for making fantastic impressions of the boy band star who became a solo singer.

During an interview with Harry on Capital FM in 2017, Roman said Harry broke into an awkward dinner with his ex.

He had hoped to take his ex out to make amends and become friends.

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Roman Makes Amazing Impressions Of Harry Styles (Credit: Capital FM)

But Harry interrupted their meal by knocking a thumb up on the restaurant window.

Luckily, both Roman and his ex got to see the fun side.

When is Roman Kemp: Our silent emergency?

Roman Kemp: Our silent emergency is on BBC One at 9 p.m. tonight.

It can also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.

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