Sir Tom Jones married his wife Linda in 1957 when they were just 16-years-old. Linda died in 2016 after a “short but fierce” battle with cancer, leaving the singer devastated. He had their child Mark to comfort him – but does he also have another child conceived out of wedlock?
Who are Tom Jones’ children?
Sir Tom Jones has admitted in an interview with The Telegraph that while he was at the height of his fame, the singer had sex with up to 250 women a year.
The star even was forced to deal with the wrath of his wife Linda when one of those affairs went very public.
Writing in the Daily Mail in 2006, Clemmie Moodie said: “After having countless affairs during their 49-year marriage, Sir Tom Jones could hardly argue hat he didn’t have it coming.
“He has revealed that his womanising ways once caused his long-suffering wife to beat him black and blue.
“Linda, who has stood by the 66-year-old singer throughout the decades of well-publicised philandering, snapped after reading about one infidelity in a newspaper.”
Sir Tom spoke about the incident himself on American TV, saying: “She beat me up physically one night.
“I said, ‘Look, I’m sorry,’ and she’d got the newspaper there.
“She said, ‘You…’ I said, ‘There it is [pointing at chin],’ and she went ‘Bang!’ And then started kicking me.”
He said something very similar about when his wife saw reports of his affair with Miss World Marjorie Wallace, who was caught kissing Sir Tom on the beach in Barbados in 1976.
He said: “I stood there and took it. She chinned me. She punched and shouted.
“She’s the most important thing in my life. An unbelievable woman.”
However, this was not the genesis of his lovechild Jonathan Berkery.
In 1987, Jones had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery while he was on tour in the USA, after which Berkery discovered she was pregnant.
In 1989, there was a fierce legal battle between Jones and Berkery, and eventually, after DNA testing, a court rules Jones was the boy, Jonathan’s, father.
Since then it has been reported Sir Tom refuses to have relationship with Jonathan, now 32, despite the boy calling on his father to reach out.
In 2008, Sir Tom spoke about Jonathan, and it is the only time he has spoken about it.
He had been homeless on and off for numerous years, admitting to problems with drugs, but broke his silence again last year, saying he wanted to speak to his ageing father “before it’s too late”.
He told the Daily Mail: “I do not want help with my career or anything like that. I just want to meet my father before it’s too late.
“As we both know, life is too short to let the important things pass by, so let me know when you get a chance.”
His plea came after his father hospitalised due to a bacterial infection.
Jonathan has also spoken out on Sir Tom’s 2008 interview, where he believed the singer implied Katherine “tricked him.”
In response to this, he said: “In 2008 he finally gave an interview acknowledging me but said my mother had tricked him. It wasn’t true and it really hurt.
“I got into drugs – cocaine and ecstasy. I was trying to numb the pain…
“I’ve straightened myself out now and mellowed. I just want to see my father before it is too late.”
Sir Tom Jones is on The Voice which is at 8.30pm on Saturday on ITV