Roman Kemp looks serious during Loose Women appearance

Roman Kemp praised as he gives distressing insight into debilitating health condition

Hailed for raising awareness

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The Finish Line star Roman Kemp, the radio host son of Martin Kemp, has given fans a look at how he handles his health condition.

The 31-year-old Celebrity Gogglebox star previously opened up about living with a sleep apnoea and revealed how treating the condition can affect him – and his sleeping arrangements.

Martin Kemp and Roman Kemp sit together on Celebrity Gogglebox
Roman with his dad Martin (Credit: Channel 4)

Roman Kemp issues health update

Beaming widely, Roman shared a snap on Instagram last year ostensibly showing him hooked up to a CPAP machine.

However, only a breathing mask was visible in the image.

The treatment involves a hose connected to a mask or nosepiece and is worn while the sufferer sleeps.

It delivers a constant and steady air pressure to help anyone connected up with their breathing.

And that’s because a sleep apnoea involves the narrowing of the airways. It means people with an apnoea can snore heavily or even stop breathing in their sleep.

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Roman on sleep apnoea

Last May, Roman revealed he had been instructed to wear a mask for assistance with his apnoea by medics.

There is absolutely nothing sexy about going back to Roman Kemp’s house.

He also joked the kit was not a boon in the bedroom.

Roman said: “The doctors told me I must wear an oxygen mask. There is absolutely nothing sexy about going back to Roman Kemp’s house.”

He went on: “They are expecting candles and mood lighting but they’re getting a Darth Vader impression into an oxygen tank.”

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Roman Kemp shared a pic of his apnoea mask with fans (Credit: YouTube)

How fans reacted

Roman continued to maintain a lighthearted approach to his health condition with his second Insta post.

Giving a thumbs up in his selfie showing him strapped into his mask, Roman wisecracked: “The best thing is, it’s not that noticeable on your face…”

Several commenters were confused about why Roman was wearing a mask.

But others were impressed he was opening up about it on social media.

“Good to see a young man normalising sleep apnoea,” one person commented.

“Well done for putting this out there and raising awareness!” agreed a second person.

And a third added: “If it is helping then it doesn’t matter what it looks like. Well done for raising awareness.”

Meanwhile, presenter Joel Dommett typed: “Hahahahahhahaaa.”

Read more: Roman Kemp’s ‘lifelong fear’ of frogs after being separated from his famous mum and dad

The Finish Line airs weekdays from 4.30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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Robert Leigh
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