ROMAN Kemp has emotionally admitted the death of his best pal Joe Lyons “ripped his life apart.”
The Capital Breakfast, 28, host spoke candidly on BBC’s The One Show about the tragedy, after Capital Radio producer Joe died suddenly last August.
Joe worked on the Breakfast Show and was Roman’s mentor when he started at the station in 2014.
Earlier this year, The Sun reported how Roman will front a BBC programme covering the death of his colleague and pal and he opened up on the programme to the panel.
Roman, son of Spandau Ballet legend Martin Kemp, said: “If you’d have lined up 20 people you would have thought were suffering mentally he [Joe] would have been the last person.
“He was the happiest person, putting everyone ahead of him and it ripped my whole life apart – I could not understand it.
“I didn’t know what had happened. It ripped my life, his whole family, his close friends, our team, everything and it just put me in this state where I’d feel like I knew I had to do something for him and for his family I guess.
“That’s the overwhelming thought I had.
“I had a lot of thought processes in the beginning because this is something that happened in August last year and a lot of people were saying to me at the time ‘do you think this is too soon, do you need to wait to delve into the subject?'”
In the one-off special, Roman will talk intimately about the days following the awful news and also investigate why male suicide rates are so high and what can be done to help others who are struggling.
Having not realised the true extent of Joe’s struggles, Roman has urged his listeners to reach out to friends and family if they are not coping mentally.
A source said: “Roman now wants to send that message in a more formal way with a whole show dedicated to Joe, in the hope it helps others.
“With so many people isolating due to the pandemic and feeling detached from their normal lives and friends, it was felt this message of support could not come at a better time and will hopefully make a difference to those who may well be experiencing similar feelings.”
Earlier this week, Roman was frank as he told how he had been taking anti depressants since the age of 15 and, 18 months ago, felt the “lowest in his life.”
Roman told how he enlisted the help of his mum Shirlie Holliman when he was “in such a state” and “just wanted the state to stop.”
The former I’m A Celeb star told The Times: “I have the best parents any kid could ever imagine. I had the best upbringing anyone could ever imagine.
“I have a safe place that I can call home. I have great friends. But at the age of 15 I suffered majorly with depression.
“Since then I’ve taken antidepressants and that’s just part of my life.
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“I know how dark it can get if ever I come off of those tablets and those kinds of thoughts come into play.”
He opened up on how his mental health issues continue to have an impact and, while he is “super happy” when broadcasting, they can strike at any time.
He bravely spoke out about his mental health crisis 18 months ago, which he suffered while sitting on the floor of his flat.
He told how he could not understand the feelings during what was a “absolutely phenomenal” time in his career and work profile.
Roman told how he called Pepsi and Shirlie singer Shirlie and she stayed on the phone with him as she travelled to London to be with him.
He then candidly admitted the day was “the lowest in my life I’ve ever been”.
In his new documentary, Roman told The Sun exclusively how he was close to suicide during his 13-year depression battle.
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency will air on BBC Three and BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday, March 16th.
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