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Roman Kemp, 27, has revealed Kate Garraway, 53, is someone he’ll “always check in on”, as she goes through a difficult time due to her husband Derek Draper’s health battle. Derek was rushed to intensive care in March with coronavirus and remains in hospital after the deadly virus “attacked everything” in his body.
While speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about taking part in the Cadbury Heroes League’s new gaming tournament with his mum Shirlie Kemp, Roman said he has found it “incredibly hard” to watch his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! co-star and friend dealing with her family heartache.
He divulged: “It’s incredibly hard watching anyone go through what Kate’s had to go through and it was amazing to see her recognised during Pride of Britain, that was an amazing thing.”
Roman went on to say that he would “love it” if his future daughter or partner shared similar qualities to the brave Good Morning Britain presenter.
He continued: “But Kate is an absolute warrior and she’s someone that I would love it if I had a daughter and they turned out to be like Kate Garraway, and to have a partner that is as loyal and has got as much fight as Kate does.
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“She’s an incredible woman and of course she’s someone who I’ll always check in on from time to time.
“But at the same time, she understands this as well, there are so many people that are going through a horrible, horrible moment in their life and it’s a time for us who aren’t necessarily going through that to look at ourselves in terms of reflection and have a sense of gratitude for what we do have.”
The Capital FM DJ also opened up about joining Kate in celebrating her son Billy’s 11th birthday, just four months after his dad Derek was hospitalised, in July.
Roman dressed up in his I’m A Celebrity clothes and took part in a water fight in the back garden, and was pictured running around with Kate’s 14-year-old daughter Darcey as they soaked Billy and his friends.
Recalling the occasion, the presenter, who took part in the ITV reality show with Kate last year, said: “It was a really nice day, it was a really lovely day.
“Kate’s got a beautiful family and I was grateful enough to be able to share a little moment with them.”
Roman also spoke about taking on a new challenge in training his mum, Shirlie, to play video game Street Fighter V for the Cadbury Heroes League.
Addressing the process of teaching his mum about the world of gaming, he said: “The main move is called a hadouken, that’s the famous move, and I said to her, ‘Let’s start from the beginning, it would be left-down, square-X at the same time’ and she goes, ‘What like this?’ and she did it and I was like, ‘Yes, do it again!’
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“And I swear to you she learned really quick, my mum has zero confidence but learns really quick.
“The only problem she has is her nerves, her anxiety is ridiculous, at one point I thought her whole body had frozen, it was like rigor mortis had set in and she was still holding the controller and I had to keep telling her to relax and calm down.”
In spite of Shirlie’s worries over the game, Roman insisted she is a “far better learner” than his dad and Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp.
He added: “But she’s a far better learner at video games than my dad.
“He’s a nightmare, in fact, when we were filming it, we both had to say to my dad, ‘Can you please just go home?’”
Roman also credited online gaming for keeping children in contact with their friends during the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained: “As much as parents say, ‘Make sure you’re not spending too much time on games’, it’s a really nice opportunity for kids to be able to check in on their mates and talk to their mates and have a sense of community whilst everything is going on and not feel alone.”
The star continued: “I feel like I’ve gone through that generation where gaming is almost frowned upon and seen as a waste of time, I don’t think it is, it keeps your brain active, it keeps you creative and games can bring a lot of joy and especially in times like this, why not?
“You’ve got gaming which is stimulating for your mind and you’ve got chocolate that genuinely releases happy hormones, what more do you want?”
Roman Kemp is taking part in the Cadbury Heroes League, a new gaming tournament where he will train his mum to compete against other parents. For the chance to connect with your family over gaming and Cadbury Heroes, visit the Cadbury Instagram page or watch the tournament on Twitch on Saturday.
To enter the competition, chocolate fans in the UK need to tell Cadbury the person they want to connect with on Cadbury UK’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
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