Saturday, 25 January, 2020

I’m A Celebrity 2019: Roman Kemp opens up about George Michael and his dads brain tumours

The Capital FM presenter opens up

Roman Kemp has opened up in I’m A Celebrity about George Michael and his father’s brain tumour recovery.

Roman, 26, has discussed aspects of his private life for the first time in the I’m A Celebrity jungle with his fellow campmates.

Roman discussed his family with his fellow campmates in Main Camp after Kate Garraway revealed that she used to have Spandau Ballet posters on her wall.

“I really love your dad,” Kate told Roman.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever told him. He was my absolute favourite,” she revealed.

“My dad is my best mate. 100%. I speak to him every day” said Roman about his father actor Martin Kemp.

Roman revealed that his parents got together aged 22: “My mum’s first boyfriend was Andrew Ridgely. To my knowledge, my mum’s only ever kissed two people in her life.”

“That’s a pretty good dating history isn’t it?” said an impressed Kate.

Roman replied: “My mother always said that she said to George Michael at a party that she was going to marry him [Roman’s dad].

“They were at some party and she didn’t want to speak to him [Martin Kemp] and one of George’s friends brought him over and they started talking and my dad gave my mum his phone number and my mum went back to George’s house and George forced my mum to call him.

Roman continued: “But their first date, George went with them. My mum didn’t want to go on her own. They went to see Sade at the Camden Palace.

“My dad spent the whole date trying to get rid of him.”

Moving on to the late-great George Michael, Roman said: “He was an amazing guy.

“He was my uncle. You’d see him at dinners, Christmas, the lot. It is really nice that all the memories I gave are so nice, going on holidays, and having my parents compete with Christmas presents.

“One year, I must have been 4 or 5 and my dad bought me a bike, a Raleigh bike. I remember George came round to the house and brought in my present and he’d gone to Harrods and bought one of those electric cars but not just that, it was a batmobile.

Roman added: “I’ve still got it. Memories like that, they’re so nice to have but it’s strange because for me it was just my mum’s best mate.”

Roman said that his father couldn’t play an instrument or sing when he first started in the band.

“He still can’t. He still hasn’t realised his mic wasn’t on for Live Aid” he joked.

“When they went back on tour, post brain tumour and stuff like that, he forgot everything.  So he forgot how to play and he forgot all the songs. He knew how to play but he didn’t know any of the songs.

“So I had to learn them and then teach him.  I learnt all the Spandau songs and then retaught them to him.

“That thing. All it did was make us like this [close]. Like super close. How can my dad not be my hero through all of that. We’re a proper unit.”

I’m A Celebrity continues nightly on ITV.

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