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UK's 'The Voice', Tom Jones, Refuses To Acknowledge His 29-Year-Old Love Child, He Says He Was Tricked

March 21, 2018 12:32

Before Sir Tom Jones became a regular father-figure face on The Voice UK, he was a rookie jazz musician from Wales with a hit single in the U.K charts. His first song It's Not Unusual was an instant hit in the U.S. and U.K.

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His many affairs

In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical shapeshifter. But, as great as his music career has been, it does not hold a candle to his sensational personal life.

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Jones has said that at the height of his career, he slept with 250 groupies in just one year. His many affairs dogged his marriage to Melinda Rose Trenchard. But they stayed married for 59 years, until her death in 2016, and had one son, Mark Woodward.

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It was, in fact, a 3-day fling with a 24-year-old aspiring model named Katherine Berkery, that produced his only other child, Jon Jones, in 1988.

"I just fell for it".

Interestingly, the award-winning singer has refused to acknowledge Jon as his son till date. At 77, Sir Tom is emphatic in his refusal to build a relationship with his 29-year-old son.

In one rare acknowledgment of Jon's existence, he said of his fling with the boy's mother:

I was tricked, really. I just fell for it.

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He went as far as paying Katherine Berkery a £50,000 out of court settlement. But, beyond that and the £1,700 he was ordered to pay for his son's monthly upkeep until he turned 18, the jazz musician has had nothing to do with Jon.

He is certain he wants to keep it that way.

Jon is desperate to know his father.

On his part, the 29-year-old who has had a rough life is eager to build a relationship with his father.

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When he was much younger, his need for a father figure made him look to the older boys he knew for approval.

I needed a father figure, he said. I leaned towards older bad guys.

Jons sold drugs and lived on the streets after his real estate agent mom threw him out of their North Carolina home. But he got his life back on the right track and is now intent on pursuing a career in music.

He says he has fantasies about making an appearance on the BBC1 singing competition, just to force his famous father to acknowledge him.

It is not clear if they'll ever manage to build a relationship, as Jon acknowledges that his feelings for his father are very conflicted, but we do wish them well and hope they find a way to be in each other's lives.

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