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Sir Tom Jones is one of the world's most popular entertainers but how old is he, is he married, does he have children and what is his real name...?
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Tom Jones' birth name is Thomas John Woodward.
His parents were Thomas Woodward (1910-1981), a coal miner, and Freda Jones (1914-2003).
He began singing at an early age, at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. At 12, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent "two years in bed recovering".
Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940.
He celebrated his 82nd birthday in 2022.
Linda died on April 10, 2016 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer.
Tom and Linda had one son together, Mark Woodward (born 1957).
In 1986, Mark became his father's manager.
Tom Jones has said that he was with up to 250 groupies a year at the height of his fame. His philandering once led his wife Linda to physically assault him.
Tom is known to have had affairs with several famous women, including Mary Wilson of the Supremes, TV host Charlotte Laws and former Miss World Marjorie Wallace.
One affair resulted in the birth of a son. In October 1987, while on tour in the US, he had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery.
She later discovered she was pregnant. After a legal battle including DNA testing, a US court ruled in 1989 that Jones was the boy's father.
Tom Jones denied the court's findings, until in 2008, when he admitted they were true.
He has apparently shown no interest in meeting his son, Jonathan Berkery, who was recently reported to be a homeless busker.
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According to TheRichest.com, Tom Jones is estimated to have a net worth of $250 million (£187.3m).
Stevie Wonder performs with Tom Jones in 1969
Tom Jones became the frontman for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group, in 1963.
They had a local following in South Wales, and they recorded tracks with producer Joe Meek, but they had little success.
One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Tom was spotted by manager Gordon Mills. He became Tom's manager, took him to London, and changed his name to Tom Jones to exploit the success of the 1963 movie of the same name.