Sir Tom Jones is a worldwide superstar, with fans from all over the globe. He has even brought younger fans on board thanks to his tenure as a judge on The Voice UK. Before the spotlight, however, Sir Tom was just a young Welsh lad with a wife – but did he have kids?
Did Tom Jones have children with wife Linda?
Sir Tom did have one child with his wife Linda Trenchard, who was his high school sweetheart.
As part of his 80th birthday celebrations, Sir Tom has told the heartwarming story of how he met Linda.
Speaking in a Radio 2 documentary to mark his big birthday, Sir Tom said: “I remember her playing marbles and I thought, ‘’My God, what great legs she’s got.’
“And then she stood up and she was as pretty in the face as her legs were.
“We started playing kiss-chase. I felt different when I kissed her, and she felt the same way.
“We started dancing together when we were 15. She would look great.
“She was the best-looking girl around there and we got together. It was magic.”
Of course, friends in Pontypridd, Wales, where Sir Tom and Linda are from, knew not to mess with his girlfriend Linda once they got together, even more so when the pair married aged 16.
In an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk, Tom Jones biographer Colin Macfarlane said: “According to several people I’ve spoken to she was the most beautiful woman in Pontypridd.
“The most beautiful woman he’d ever seen and Tom landed the big catch there.
“And then Tom wouldn’t allow anyone to chat her up and he would get into a fight if anyone tried to chat up Linda Woodward.
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“His pals would say, ‘Linda is Tommy’s girl,’ but of course when she got pregnant that became apparent.
“You had to be careful if you tried to chat up the most beautiful woman in Pontypridd, Tom Woodward’s girlfriend, you had to have a look.”
Linda and Sir Tom did get pregnant, and married as teenagers just a month before their son, Mark, was born.
Mark is the only son Sir Tom had with Linda, and the couple were together for 59 years before Linda died of cancer in 2016.
Who is Mark Jones?
Mark Jones is the son of Sir Tom and Linda, who was born in April 1957, a month after their wedding.
For the first years of young Mark’s life, Sir Tom was working in various jobs to keep the family afloat in their small home in Pontypridd, South Wales.
However, Sir Tom hit the big time in 1965 with only his second single, It’s Not Unusual, at which point Linda and Mark’s lives changed forever.
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Soon, the family was out in the USA seeing Sir Tom go out on tour, perform on TV and meet a huge number of ladies.
Eventually, in 1986, Mark became Tom’s manager after Tom’s original manager, Gordon Mills, died of cancer on July 29, 1986.
Mark has, in his time as Tom’s manager, had quite an effect on his father, as he told the Daily Express in 2010.
Mark said: “I’m always on about his drinking. He knows I mean well and I know what it means to him.
“So he can do it but I say, ‘Don’t kill yourself doing it.’ I’m very persistent.
“That’s the one way in which we are very similar. It’s very Welsh. We’re like nanny goats.”
Of course, as they have grown older, Sir Tom has even said their similarities go as far as their looks, with people assuming they’re siblings rather than father and son.
Of course, Mark is not an only child, as Sir Tom fathered Jonathan Berkery with model Katherine Berkery during one of his famous dalliances.
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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 a 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.
At the time, he said: “It wasn’t something I had planned.
“If I had planned it, I would have done something more than just financially.
“But it wasn’t. I just fell for it. I just fell for the seduction.”
Colin Macfarlane’s new book Sir Tom Jones: 80 is out now.
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