Roman Kemp urges fans to get help if they're struggling after best friend dies
Roman Kemp issued an important message about mental health on his TV show after the death of his best friend and producer Joe Lyons, who died earlier this month.
The radio presenter used the first minutes of the latest episode of Martin and Roman’s Sunday Best! to speak directly to viewers, urging them to ‘reach out’ if they’re struggling.
The 27-year-old appeared emotional as he addressed Joe’s death while sat with dad Martin.
He said: Before we can start with our usual show, you may have read that it’s been an incredibly hard week for me personally, as I lost my best friend.
‘It has completely devastated his family, friends, me, my family – my mum and dad knew him very well.
‘I really want to make sure that I use this time right now to say if you are struggling, then please know that you can reach out.
‘There is always someone you can talk to: your family, friends, colleagues or anyone from the support charities that are out there.
‘At ITV there is the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking, which encourages all of us to reach out and talk to someone.’
Martin said: ‘Well done, Ro’ after his son read out the website address for Britain Get Talking.
A picture of Joe was shown at the end of the episode, dedicating it to him.
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You will always be my brother, my best mate and my partner. Everyday I’m missing seeing you and just wish I could show you how many people know you’re the best. You taught me everything I know, I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for you sat by my side for the last 6 years. Pushing me and supporting me through everything. I can only hope I gave you the same love, loyalty and outrageous amounts of fun that you gave me. We have so many memories that span from sharing beds in the middle of nowhere to dancing on tables to breaking world records. I’m sorry I haven’t stopped texting you and sending you memes. We were only just starting our adventure together but I’m going to take you along with me for the rest of it, flying that flag for the both of us. I love you more than I can ever explain. See you soon mate @producerjoe ❤️
Roman and his Capital FM co-hosts Sonny Jay and Sian Welby went off air during their show earlier this month after hearing the sad news.
The I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! star recently got the same tattoo as Joe’s on his leg, which he used to tease his pal about.
Paying tribute on Instagram, the presenter said: ‘We were only just starting our adventure together but I’m going to take you along with me for the rest of it, flying that flag for the both of us.
‘I love you more than I can ever explain. See you soon mate.’
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