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Roman Kemp had sperm count checked ahead of 30th birthday amid family hopes

By Rebecca Cook

Roman Kemp has revealed that he took a fertility test ahead of his 30th birthday to check his sperm count as he spoke of his hopes to become a dad.

The 29-year-old radio DJ made the comments during a discussion about male biological clocks on Thursday’s all-male version of Loose Women, dubbed Loose Men.

Roman featured in the all-male takeover to mark Mental Health Awareness Week alongside Vernon Kay, Mike Tindall and Strictly Come Dancing pro Johannes Radebe.

Roman said that for him, life was “about having kids and having a family”, adding: “I want more than anything to be able to be a dad.”

He said: “For the last five years I’ve felt myself approaching 30 and thinking, I really hope I can have kids.

Roman featured in the all-male takeover to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (ITV)

“So much so that I’ve gone and taken a fertility test and I’m very fortunate to say that I can have kids.”

He continued: “But that conversation alone – going to the pub and saying to your mates that I’m actually going to go and get my sperm count checked – I was shocked at how many of my mates wanted to do that.”

He later said: “I do think that men do worry about it and rightly so. Between 1973 and 2011 sperm count fell by 52 percent.

The 29-year-old radio DJ made the comments during a discussion about male biological clocks (ITV)

“Talking about biological clocks, that is something I worry about, being somebody that has yet to be a dad. It’s what I want.”

Vernon hosted the special edition of the ITV morning programme, in the fourth all-male panel to feature on the show.

The panel discussed the importance of men speaking out about their mental health to mark the week.

Vernon said of his return to Loose Men that he was “really excited” to be back for another special ITV panel show.

Roman said that for him, life was “about having kids and having a family” (ITV)

He added: “Men’s mental health is so important to me. I learnt things from the panel members last time that I’d never known before.

“The reaction we all had last time was also fantastic and highlighted how there’s a real need for more discussion around these topics which we look forward to bringing to viewers.”

The Loose Women handed the panel over to an all-male line up for the first time in 2020.

Last year’s instalment of Loose Men was hosted by Richard Madeley alongside panellists dancer Jordan Banjo, TV judge Robert Rinder and singer and actor Martin Kemp.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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