Tom Jones’ celebrated music career earned him a knighthood. And this weekend the Sex Bomb singer will lead two acts into the Voice UK final this weekend. The star judge on the popular ITV talent show has championed some brilliant singers through the competition. But what many people don’t know is that the “What’s New Pussycat singer’s” success started on a myth.
Tom Jones’ publicist introduced him to the world as a single, 22-year-old miner, facts which sent many females fans wild.
But in fact, the Welsh crooner was actually a 24-year-old, married father of one.
Sir Tom, 78, has said his late wife Melinda (Linda) Melinda Rose Woodward, was the “love of his life” and that he would “never love again” following her death from lung cancer in 2016.
Tom wrote in his autobiography he had “never had that feeling for anyone else, I don’t think you can fall in love more than once”.
The pair were childhood sweethearts and met in a Welsh mining village when they were both 12.
According to Tom, it was love at first sight and they eventually married at Pontypridd register office when Linda was 16 after she fell pregnant.
Linda was the mother of the couple’s only son, Mark.
According to the Mirror Online, it was seven years after the couple’s wedding that Sir Tom’s manager began the myth he was a single miner.
Gordon Mills claims were false – as well as being 24 and father of one, the star had never been down a mine.
Tom seemingly embraced his stud status and skyrocketed to fame as a sex symbol.
He bragged about female fans throwing their knickers at him and admitted to sleeping with 250 women a year at height of his career.
Tom’s long-suffering wife Linda was rarely seen in public and stayed at home rather than attend Tom’s concerts.
The couple reportedly had a “don’t ask” policy about his activities on tour but some of Tom’s extramarital dalliances, which included a relationship with Miss World Marjorie, didn’t go unnoticed by Linda.
Tom’s relationship with Marjorie, then 19, was uncovered in 1976 when they were pictured kissing on a beach in Barbados.
Linda was understandably angry when she found out about the fling.
Sir Tom said of the moment she discovered his infidelity: “I stood there and took it. She chinned me. I said, ‘Go ahead’. She punched and shouted.”
In one interview, Sir Tom’s biographer Sean Smith described the singer’s marriage, saying whilst the couple had been married more than 50 years, they had probably only spent 10 years in each other’s company.
Linda spent most of her days cooped up in the couple’s Beverley Hills mansion while Tom toured the world performing.