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Relatively Speaking: Brothers Stephen and Gavin Clements

By Karen Ireland

Published 22/07/2015

Close bond: Gavin and Stephen Clements
Close bond: Gavin and Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements (42) presents the breakfast show on Citybeat and lives in Carrickfergus with his wife Natasha and their children, Poppy (4) and Robbie (10 months). His younger brother Gavin is a franchise and development manager for Experian Media and also lives in Carrick with his wife Shara and their sons, Cameron (8) and Ryan (5).

Name: Stephen Clements

Age: 42

Occupation: Citybeat presenter Relationship to Gavin: Brother

Stephen Clements studied geography at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, before taking up a job in sales for Hampton Conservatories

He has also been a sales rep for Bass Ireland and Tigi Haircare. He taught English as a foreign language in Korea for a couple of years

His broadcasting career started at Channel 9 in Londonderry and he did weekend breakfast show slots at Cool FM before joining Citybeat four years ago

For four years now, I have been at Citybeat. I love my job - it is great craic. I present the breakfast show from 6am to 10am, so I have an early start every morning.

I can't say you get used to the early mornings, but it does become a way of life.

You just become very anti-social during the week and then you let your hair down at the weekends. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

Before I joined Citybeat, I worked for Bass Ireland and Tigi Haircare.

I also did hospital radio and some work for Cool FM before being offered part-time work at Citybeat.

The ratings were good, so they offered me the morning show.

I have been married to Natasha for five years and we have two children, Poppy, who is four, and Robbie, who is 10 months.

Natasha and I met when we worked in Wetherspoons together - I finally wore her down and she gave up and went out with me. We have been together ever since.

I am home most afternoons, so we save a fortune on childcare as I am able to look after the children.

I take them out and about and we go swimming, or to the park. Poppy just loves running around and being on her bike.

My brother, Gavin, and I are really close, as there are just the two of us.

He lives in Carrickfergus, as do we, so we see plenty of each other.

We might not see each other every day, but we would be in contact by text or phone.

We have special "bloke time" when we go over to Manchester together to watch the football. We are both big Manchester United fans.

Gavin is the most positive person I know.

He never lets anything get him down and he finds the good in every situation. No matter what the problem is, I would take it to him, he would just find a way of dealing with it.

Like my dad always told us, "dry your eyes and get on with it". Gavin is very much like that. He has been a tremendous support to me over recent years.

There is just him and I and mum and dad on our side of the family, so we are very close. Gavin is more sensible than me and he is always in great form.

He is a great dad and husband and no matter what is going on in his life, or how tired he is, he always makes time for his boys. Family means everything to him.

We often have barbecues and spend time at each other's houses and the kids play together.

He is a really good guy and a true friend to me."

Name: Gavin Clements

Age: 39

Occupation: Franchise and development manager for Experian Media

Relationship to Stephen: Brother

I used to work in sales, but now I work in the franchise side of advertising. I have been with the same company for 10 years.

I studied Communications at Jordanstown before going into sales work.

I am married to Shara and we have two boys - Cameron, who is eight, and Ryan, who is five.

Growing up, there was just Stephen and I, so we have always been very close.

He has always excelled at everything he has tried - from swimming and playing rugby to tennis and even modelling. I was always put in goals as I was the annoying younger brother.

For his 40th birthday, I got a huge billboard done up of him modelling underwear when he was about 21 and put it in the city centre. It even made the news on Citybeat.

He keeps joking with me that I have still to hit 40 and dear knows what he will do then.

We are best mates and we spend a lot of time together. We take the kids for days out and do a "daddy day" to give the mums a break.

Stephen is my hero and I look up to him. He helps define who I am. I wouldn't be me without him.

I am very proud that Stephen is my brother.

We have never had any sibling rivalry between us. I help promote him and am proud of all he has achieved.

Some of my best memories are spending time with Stephen on holidays with mum and dad in Portrush.

Stephen is a great guy and a brilliant friend.

He is a super dad. I think the world of him.

When the kids were small, we used to meet in the nappy aisle in the supermarket and catch up with each other then, as life was so crazy. Now, we meet up when we can.

We have our away trips to watch Manchester United and that is our time together.

I listen to Stephen on the radio every day - I am his number one fan."

From selling beer to becoming a radio star on Citybeat

  • Stephen Clements studied geography at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, before taking up a job in sales for Hampton Conservatories
  • He has also been a sales rep for Bass Ireland and Tigi Haircare. He taught English as a foreign language in Korea for a couple of years
  • His broadcasting career started at Channel 9 in Londonderry and he did weekend breakfast show slots at Cool FM before joining Citybeat four years ago

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