Roman Kemp was seen for the first time since getting a tattoo tribute to his late friend, Capital Breakfast producer Joe Lyons. Appearing downcast
Roman Kemp was seen for the first time since getting a tattoo tribute to his late friend, Capital Breakfast producer Joe Lyons.
Appearing downcast, the presenter, 27, stepped out in London on Thursday just two days after he took to Instagram to show off his bird new tattoo which he has had inked on his leg in tribute to Joe.
The host discovered Joe had died last Tuesday and has been left devastated by the news as they were incredibly close. Joe’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Tough times: Roman Kemp was seen for the first time since getting a tattoo tribute to his late friend, Capital Breakfast producer Joe Lyons
‘We were just starting our adventure together’: Roman Kemp revealed he has got the same bird tattoo as Joe (right) following his death
Showing off his bird inking, Roman, 27, explained why he had chosen that design. He wrote: ‘Joe had this tattoo and I always used to say it was awful and looked like a pigeon. So I got it in the same spot…’
He then shared a side-by-side comparison of the two tattoos, showing just how similar they are.
Roman shared a selection of pictures of herself with Joe and wrote: ‘You will always be my brother, my best mate and my partner. Everyday I’m missing seeing you and just wish I could show you how many people know you’re the best.
Newly-inked: He displayed the heartbreaking tribute to his pal
Lovely: Roman shared the meaning behind his new bird tattoo on Instagram Stories on Tuesday
‘You taught me everything I know, I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for you sat by my side for the last 6 years. Pushing me and supporting me through everything.
‘I can only hope I gave you the same love, loyalty and outrageous amounts of fun that you gave me.
‘We have so many memories that span from sharing beds in the middle of nowhere to dancing on tables to breaking world records.
‘I’m sorry I haven’t stopped texting you and sending you memes. We were only just starting our adventure together but I’m going to take you along with me for the rest of it, flying that flag for the both of us.
Heartache: Roman and many of his colleagues were left devastated
Side by side: He then showed a picture of Joe’s tattoo on the left and his own on the right
Tribute: Roman also shared a selection of pictures with Joe as he remembered their adventures together
Memories: Roman and Joe had clearly been very close and made a great impact on one another’s lives
Bond: Roman said that they had worked alongside one another for the last six years
Special words: Roman wrote this emotive post in tribute to his friend and colleague
‘I love you more than I can ever explain. See you soon mate❤️.’
Roman broke down in tears live on his Capital Breakfast radio show on Monday as he returned to work following the death of Joe.
The presenter and his co-stars Sian Welby, 33, and Sonny Jay, 27, took time off from the show last Tuesday after hearing the sad news.
Roman took the decision to talk to viewers about how he was feeling on Monday as he paid tribute to his ‘best friend’ Joe.
‘He was our best mate’: Roman broke down in tears live on air on Monday as he returned to work following the sad news
Breaking down, he said: ‘We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I’d have to do this ever.
‘Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.
‘We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you.’
Roman continued: ‘Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years.
Sad news: Joe, known on the show as Producer Joe has sadly passed away – his cause of death has not been revealed – this was his last Instagram post, shared on June 20
Painful: Roman struggled to contain his emotions during the show
‘He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.
‘He was with me right from my very first show. He taught be everything. I don’t know sitting in a radio studio without him.’
Discussing their close bond, Roman added: ‘He’s the person I’d sit here and rinse constantly.
‘He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His dad Ivan, his mum Celia, his sister Lou.
‘He did love his friends… his fans, he did have fans. The thing he loved most of all was doing this show, you listening.
Roman said of his friend: ‘He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His dad Ivan, his mum Celia, his sister Lou’
‘He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you every day.’
Roman’s mother, Shirlie Kemp wrote on Joe’s final Instagram post, shared on June 20, ‘God Bless you Joe …. you were and always will be so loved.’
Fellow Capital Breakfast presenter Vick Hope, took to Instagram on Monday morning to pay tribute to Joe.
Sharing a series of pictures of them, she wrote: ‘Our Joe. My JoeJoe. My special, magical, beautiful friend. We signed off every message with “I love you, buddy”, and yet I’m worried I still didn’t tell you enough.
Devastated: The radio host, 27, and his co-stars Sian Welby and Sonny Jay (all pictured) came off air mid-way through their radio show on Tuesday after learning the heartbreaking news
Hearbroken: Sian broke down in tears as Roman paid tribute to Joe on Monday
‘I really do love you, bud, so so much. We all do. I hope you know that. We are so lucky to have known you. The world is a better place for having had you in it. And now the stars have gained an extraordinary gift in you. Look at everything you made, Joe. Everything you achieved, what you built, who you inspired.
‘Your talent and creativity are so immense, but more than that you are the kindest, most hilarious, caring, fun, fiercely loyal and spectacular person any of us had the pleasure of meeting. You really are the best one we ever knew. Our friend. My friend.
‘For the last four years you have been my solace, my rock, my confidante. I’ve told you all my secrets, and you said you’d take them to the grave. And now it seems you did just that, and it breaks my heart.
‘Words cannot describe this pain, it doesn’t make sense and it’ll take time to process. I keep repeating: Not you, please not you. But now you’re at peace, you’re in a better place. I’m going to miss you Joe Lyons, so much.’
She continued: ‘Thank you for every crab dance, every “you’re embarrassing us babe”, every cereal box game, every 5am-er at a houseparty we’re not invited to, every “bah bah”, every undersized chino, every photobomb courtesy of your a**e, every cocktail we shook in your flat or evening spent in my yard doing things we shouldn’t on a school night, every club we sat in the corner of scheming, every time we were back and ready to do it all over again, every single damn laugh, every hug that meant the world because you made me feel safe and understood.
‘And thank you for being my favourite valentine. We met our match in each other. I’ve never encountered anyone else as weird and as wild, and together we were chaos.
‘Wherever you are I hope you’re causing chaos there too. We never wanted the party to end, and I don’t believe this one is over either; I’ll just see you at the afterparty. Until then, I love you, buddy. My thoughts are with your parents and Lou; Ro, Sonny and the team; Olly and everyone who loves you.’
Poignant: Fellow Capital Breakfast presenter Vick Hope, took to Instagram on Monday morning to pay tribute to Joe
Special fperson: Vick wrote a poignant post about what Joe had meant to her