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The former Capitol radio host, the son of former Spandau Ballet and EastEnders star Martin Kemp, said he would divulge all sorts of secrets to benefit other people facing mental health struggles

The former Capitol radio host, the son of former Spandau Ballet and EastEnders star Martin Kemp, said he would divulge all sorts of secrets to benefit other people facing mental health struggles. Separately, he described the odd experience of meeting the Princess of Wales in her socks.

Tuesday 14 May 2024 12:35, UK

Former Capital radio host Roman Kemp has revealed he switched antidepressants because the ones he was taking were giving him a low sex drive.

The 31-year-old, who is the son of former Spandau Ballet and EastEnders star Martin Kemp, has been open about his mental health struggles. He has been taking antidepressants since he was 15.

Speaking to The Times about how his use of medication has affected him, Kemp revealed he had to change his treatment in order to improve his libido.

He said: "It's reality. It's a very common thing that antidepressants can do. But I spoke to my doctor, he switched me to a different one and now I'm back up and running.

"There's not really a lot of secrets that I wouldn't divulge if I don't think they can benefit other people."

Kemp said he isn't dating at the moment but is keen to have children in the next few years.


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In April, he said he decided to leave his role hosting the Capital radio breakfast show because being in the studio was like reliving the "horrible" moment of discovering his friend's death "over and over" again.

Kemp's best friend and producer Joe Lyons took his own life in August 2020, and the star learned of his death while he was at work.

The following year he made a documentary about mental health called Our Silent Emergency, which is now shown in schools and was nominated for a National Television Award.

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The Princess of Wales later called him for a chat as she launched her Shaping Up mental health campaign.

Reflecting on a short film he made with Princess Kate as part of the campaign, he said it was "one of the most surreal days of my life" when she met him at his parents' house to discuss the production.

"Me, my mum, dad, sister and the princess just chatting round the kitchen table," he explained.

"The weirdest thing is, she took her shoes off at the door. You never really see a princess in her socks."

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