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Roman Kemp has opened up about his decision to leave his Capital breakfast radio show, saying 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 died in August 2020, and the star learned of his death while he was at work. 

He went on to make a documentary about mental health and suicide in young men the following year. 

In February, the 31-year-old announced he was stepping down from his breakfast show role, 10 years after presenting his first programme for Capital, and hosted his final show last week. 

"It's not normal, imagine a tragedy happened in your house, you're going to want to move," Kemp has now said in a new interview. 

"The bosses at Capital know this and I said it, it's difficult, I went through such a horrible moment in that room, in that studio - four years on and I've been living that same day over and over again, without the awful event. 

"For me, I'm quite ready to go, 'okay, close that door now, don't keep going back living that horrible day over again'. That's sad that it obviously affects me but it does. Every day I walk in there and I see Joe - that's a weird thing to do. 

"I think it's going to be really good for me to move on with my life. I had an opportunity in my life, I can go and enjoy my life for a bit and I want to enjoy what I have achieved." 

Kemp joined Capital in 2014, when it was still a London-only station, before hosting The Capital Evening Show in 2016. He moved to Breakfast in 2017 before the show launched nationwide in 2019.

2 April 2024                                            

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