The Capital Breakfast DJ, 28, tragically lost his close friend and radio producer Joe Lyons in August last year, with him Roman speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show earlier this month about the impact of Joe taking his own life.
The news followed Roman’s departure from I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2019 months prior.
Now when speaking to The Mirror, Roman has highlighted one fellow contestant from his time in the jungle who did keep in contact regularly and got in touch during that difficult time.
Roman revealed: “Someone that I’ve kept in contact with over the last year was Caitlyn Jenner.”
He revealed that Caitlyn calls when she is free and able to and reached out in this difficult time for Roman.
Roman detailed: “She called she called when when Joe died and, you know, very sweet of her, and said she remembered all the lovely things I said about him in the jungle. So that was really nice.”
However, sometimes Caitlyn will catch Roman on unexpected occasions.
“She’ll just call for catch-ups, she actually called me on New Year’s Day,” Roman divulged.
“Random, really, really, random, but, yeah, she’s a lovely lady.”
Roman also told The Mirror that he has kept in contact with his fellow contestants throughout the pandemic, including through a WhatsApp group.
Roman says he messaged the group chat when the pandemic “kicked off” and noted: “I think we’re the most prepared people in the world for isolation.”
Now Roman is looking for ways to help us stay relaxed with his new online series entitled Relaxing with Roman, which saw him partner with Samsung KX for videos shot in 8K using the new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.
The three-part series sees Roman experiment with some unique ways to help our well-being – especially as the country opens up more as the pandemic eases somewhat.
Roman says of the series: “I am a firm believer of looking after yourself.”
He went on: “I am the first person out of all of my mates to call it a night, and I am the person that will happily turn down a night out for a night in it because I try my best not to drink in the week because I try and prep myself for the show.
“And people I think take for granted – I think especially those that live in a city, any major city – how much you need relaxation, we need to make time for that.
“And quite it’s quite an easy thing to join this one, because I’ve kind of felt like doing the videos, I felt like a relaxation guru.”
In the wacky videos, Roman does all sorts from goat yoga to ‘birch whipping’ and tree-hugging.
On what he tries in the videos, Roman says: “If I’m going to pick a favourite one…If I’m going to use it don’t know…goat yoga. Still don’t understand it. All for it. I still don’t see how it’s relaxing.”
On filming with a goat for the clips, he added: “It was quite an experience. I would definitely not recommend doing goat yoga inside the house.”
It seems most Brits could do with some tops to feel more relaxed.
One in seven (69%) Brits have been reported to be feeling ‘burnt out’, while 70% noted feelings of exhaustion, and 86% revealed they are suffering from lockdown lethargy.
This study of 2,000 Brits aged from 18 to 65 was specially commissioned by Samsung KX and reveals that since lockdown began one in seven Brits (70%) reported to have higher stress levels.
It also notes that 79% stated an increase in anxiety and 82% noted that they are feeling groggier and more tired than usual.
Additionally, 77% noted that they felt cooped up with ‘cabin fever’ and felt their energy levels had been sapped.
So, this project for Roman came at the right time and also once again tackled the important issue of mental health, which Roman has already addressed in his recent acclaimed BBC documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.
On the “completely overwhelming” reaction to the documentary, Roman noted: “I couldn’t liken it to anything.
“I guess the thing that it gave me was a realisation that I now have a responsibility, you know, towards the things that I get myself involved with, things that I say or do and, you know, again, that’s why these these projects kind of fit really nicely, you know.”
He added: “You’ve seen all the dark side in the doc but this is a lot more lighthearted and a bit more fun and, and can help those things.”
Roman concludes that some of these physical behaviours can “have an effect on your mental health in a positive way”.
*Relaxing with Roman is out now and available to watch here, while a specially created ‘Relaxation Station’, which features an immersive virtual sun, sea and sand experience and is open at Samsung KX to members of the public free of charge.
If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch.