Tom Jones' illegitimate son is now a homeless busker

5 June 2018, 16:14

Tom Jones and son Jon

Sir Tom Jones' estranged son has been filmed busking to his father's hit songs in the US.

Jonathan Berkery can be seen in a video singing 'Delilah' and 'It's Not Unusual' for money on the streets of New Jersey.

Going by the name Jon Jones, he also has a cardboard sign that reads: ‘I Need Money’.

The 29-year-old lives in Hoboken in New Jersey, a town close to Manhattan, New York City. He reportedly lives in a homeless shelter in the city, and works part time stacking shelves for £5.50 an hour.

"Not having a father growing up was tough," he told the Daily Mail. "All I ever wanted was his love.

Tom Jones' son Jonathan Berkery

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"People think I look and sound like a younger version of my dad. I sing all his songs. People stop and stare as soon as I start singing."

Berkery also claimed that he does not "want anything" from his father, apart from his "recognition".

Jon was born in 1988, after Tom had an affair with 24-year-old model Katherine Berkery. He denied he was the father for years, but in 1989 a court-ordered paternity test confirmed it, and he agreed to pay £1,700 a month maintenance until his 18th birthday.

Tom Jones - 2016 Tour

Sir Tom finally acknowledged his son for the first time in 2008, but revealed that he wanted nothing to do with him. He said: "I fell for the seduction".

Jon added: "It wasn’t my choice to be born. You don’t get to be as famous as my father without being prepared to hurt people along the way."

Sir Tom Jones also has a grown-up son named Mark - who has also worked as his father's manager - with his late wife Linda.