Roman Kemp says he was fortunate to grow up as the son of his famous parents – not because of their celebrity lifestyle but because of their ‘bohemian’ approach to caring for him.
The radio DJ, 29, says he and his sister, singer Harley Moon, 33, were treated like ‘mates’ by former Spandau Ballet star Martin, 61, and his wife Shirlie, 60, with Roman saying he admires their 40-year marriage.
In an extract from his new book Are You Really OK? as published by the Mirror, he wrote: ‘Mum and Dad’s parenting style was definitely what you’d call “bohemian”. They always made a point of treating my sister Harley and I as their mates, rather than their children to boss around.
Lucky? Roman Kemp says he was fortunate to grow up as the son of his famous parents – not because of their celebrity lifestyle but because of their ‘bohemian’ approach to caring for him (pictured at the National Television Awards last week)
‘People might assume our house would have been filled with famous people when I was growing up. But it wasn’t like that at all. In reality, Mum and Dad are quite homely people, they’re insanely loved-up, even after nearly 40 years together, and are very happy just being in their own company.’
He added: ‘Their strong marriage is something I admire so much. As a teenager it was one of my biggest fears, them splitting up. I never wanted Dad to do Strictly Come Dancing in case the famous curse struck and it broke them up!’
Roman still gets on with his father very well today, appearing alongside him on Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox and on their recently-cancelled chat show, ITV’s Weekend Best.
Pals: The radio DJ, 29, says he and his sister, singer Harley Moon, 33, were treated like ‘mates’ by former Spandau Ballet star Martin, 61, and his wife Shirlie, 60 (Roman and his father Martin pictured last year)
Family affair: Roman says he admires his parents’ 40-year marriage (clockwise L-R: Harley Moon, Martin, Roman, Shirlie)
The series, featuring games and celebrity interviews, was a family affair – Martin’s daughter Harley Moon wrote the signature tune and both she and her mother Shirlie – once part of the pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie – were guests.
However, it emerged last week that no new episodes would be made, with Roman explaining to the Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff.
It comes after radio host Roman was named as one of the possible hosts of the ITV revival of reality show Big Brother.
TV career: It comes after it t emerged last week that no new episodes of Roman’s former chat show with his father Martin, ITV’s Weekend Best, would be made (Martin and Roman seen on the show in June 2020)
The star was named along with a number of other celebrities, including original host Davina McCall, to front the show when it makes its comeback on ITV2 and ITVX next year.
However, it’s thought the likes of Emily Atack and Vick Hope may be favoured by television bosses for the role.
A source told The Sun: ‘Emily and Vick have emerged as the favourites. A huge list was drawn up with a number of big-name stars on it, including [Davina McCall].
In with a chance: It was recently reported that Roman met with ITV bosses about being part of the Big Brother revival on ITV2
Battle Royale: Emily Atack (left) and Vick Hope (right) are ‘in talks with ITV bosses as they battle it out to host Big Brother’s reboot when it returns to screens next year’
‘However, there is a feeling bringing in a fresh face would be good for the reboot.’
The source added: ‘Roman has also had talks and has made the shortlist. Rylan Clark is another name in the mix but like Davina he has worked on Big Brother before.
‘If the production team and ITV decide they want a totally fresh start then he won’t make the cut.’
The iconic reality show – which aired on Channel 4 for a decade until 2010 with Channel 5 relaunching it the following year until it ended in 2018 – is returning in 2023 on ITV2.
In the Mix: Original host Davina McCall (pictured on the show in 2000) is also in the mix as a possible presenter
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