Roman Kemp reveals Ed Sheeran helped him through depression battle

Roman Kemp has revealed Ed Sheeran helped him through his 15-year depression battle.

The Capital FM presenter, 29, previously told how he heard ‘loads of voices’ and couldn’t stop crying when he contemplated taking his own life in 2019.

In a new interview with The Mirror, he said: ‘Ed told me there’s dirty water at the top and the more you let it flow it turns into clear water. Each time I speak about how I feel, the water gets clearer.’

'He told me there's dirty water at the top which turns clear': Roman Kemp has revealed Ed Sheeran helped him through his 15-year depression battle

‘He told me there’s dirty water at the top which turns clear’: Roman Kemp has revealed Ed Sheeran helped him through his 15-year depression battle

After meeting on the music scene, the two became friends and subsequently shared a hug in a commercial for Capital Radio, with Roman dressed as a bear.

Roman also has a tattoo on his thigh, which was designed by Ed.

Roman’s best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August 2020.

In March last year, Roman fronted a BBC documentary called Our Silent Emergency about male suicide and mental health.

Pals: He said: 'Ed [right] told me there's dirty water at the top and the more you let it flow it turns into clear water.  Each time I speak about how I feel, the water gets clearer'

Pals: He said: 'Ed [right] told me there's dirty water at the top and the more you let it flow it turns into clear water.  Each time I speak about how I feel, the water gets clearer'

Pals: He said: ‘Ed [right] told me there’s dirty water at the top and the more you let it flow it turns into clear water. Each time I speak about how I feel, the water gets clearer’

The broadcaster presented the one-off special in a bid to ‘show that there are ways to reach those who are suffering’ following Joe’s death.

Roman, who has suffered with depression since he was 15, reflected on his mental health with his mother on the show.

And the star, who is a patron of Joe’s Buddy Line, said he never thought suicide would touch his or his loved ones’ lives, and called on the government to do more to help.

Buddies: After meeting on the music scene, the duo became friends and subsequently shared a hug in a commercial for Capital Radio, with Roman [left] dressed as a bear

Buddies: After meeting on the music scene, the duo became friends and subsequently shared a hug in a commercial for Capital Radio, with Roman [left] dressed as a bear

Buddies: After meeting on the music scene, the duo became friends and subsequently shared a hug in a commercial for Capital Radio, with Roman [left] dressed as a bear

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, he once said: ‘I wish I knew nothing about suicide, I wish it wasn’t part of my world, I wish I didn’t know anyone.

I’m sure it’s the same for Joe’s family… It’s the biggest killer in men under 40 so how come people aren’t talking about it? How come it’s not being taught in schools at a young age?

‘I never like to get political but the ignorance of the government on it is unbelievable and the stats show that… I’m sure there’s a lot of schoolteachers that might see this chat and will agree that not enough is being done to help pupils in school.’

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Much-loved: Roman's best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August 2020

Much-loved: Roman's best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August 2020

Much-loved: Roman’s best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August 2020

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Roman Kemp has revealed Ed Sheeran helped him through his 15-year depression battle. The Capital FM presenter, 29, previously told how he heard ‘loads of voices’ and couldn’t stop crying when he contemplated taking his own life in 2019. In a new interview with The Mirror, he said: ‘Ed told me there’s dirty water at…

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