He is happy to crawl around with spiders and creepy crawlies but put Capital Radio’s Roman Kemp in a coffin with cotton wool and he will most definitely freak out.
Laughing as he readily admits he has some ‘strange fears’, the breakfast show DJ reveals it would be his worst nightmare if there were a new BushTucker Trial
involving his big phobia – cotton wool!
“Some of the fears I have got are odd. I have got a strange fear of cotton wool. Why am I scared? It’s the texture and sound of it. I can’t even talk about it
without getting scared and I definitely can’t touch it!”
“I don’t know when this fear first started but the only way I can describe it is like a nail going down a chalkboard - it has that effect on me. I hate it so much that if I am in a coffin with cotton wool, then that is going to be the worst thing ever for me!”
“I am fine though with things like insects and spiders!”
A huge fan of I’m a Celebrity, Roman says, he wants to throw himself into every
aspect of the show - whether that is helping with the jobs nobody wants to do
like fetching firewood or cleaning out the dunny.
“I am not scared of the eating trials because I grew up with Dad’s cooking! I
think the eating ones I will hate but I will do them. The show is iconic and you want to do everything."
His Dad is, of course, Martin Kemp.
Roman’s mum is Shirlie Kemp.
So what do they think of their son taking part in I’m a Celebrity?
“My Dad loves it,” replies Roman.
“He is ready to find the worst freeze frame possible of my face and put it out on social media! Mum will say she hates it up until the day I get in there. Once she sees the show, understands it and grasps I am in there, I think she will be alright. She is really nervous though!”
“But I love this programme so much. I love it when it kicks off with the first show and you see Ant and Dec arrive.”
“I will be happy to get rid of social media but the thing I will miss most is speaking to my parents and my girlfriend.”
He says he hasn’t even thought about what it would feel like to be crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ but he thinks his colleagues at Capital Radio will laugh out loud when they discover he is one of this year’s contestants.
“We have been on lockdown at work in the run up to this,” he adds.
“But of the people who are aware of it, they can’t wait to see how much of an idiot I will be!”
Phobias: Cotton wool and I won’t like trials in the dark.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I am always referred to as Martin Kemp’s son so it would be nice for everyone to get to
know me a bit better.
Role in the camp: The person who will do all the jobs nobody wants to do.
Miss most: My parents and my girlfriend.
Dream camper: Thierry Henry - I am a massive Arsenal fan!
Missing any special occasion: Other than my breakfast show, Capital Radio’s Jingle Bell ball. I have never ever missed it before.
Relationship status: Dating.
I'm A Celebrity begins, Sunday 17 November 2019, on ITV/STV/UTV at 21:00.
Andy Gibson for AndyGibsonTV.com