Tom Jones refused to disclose hundreds of affairs due to fear of ‘harassment’

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The Sex Bomb star, 80, shot to superstardom after he released It’s Not Unusual in the Sixties. Sir Tom, who appears on tonight’s The Voice on ITV, toured in the US and has sold more than 100 million records. Fame turned his life turned upside down, as he went from a married working club singer in a Welsh coal-mining town to having women hurl their underwear and themselves at him. 

At the height of his fame, Sir Tom claimed to have slept with as many as 250 women a year. 

His extramarital affairs were so renowned that a backstage area was renamed “the work bench” because it was where he took groupies. 

Sir Tom has largely avoided talking about being serially unfaithful but in a few rare disclosures explained that time of his life. 

In one unusual confession, he claimed he would dip his genitals in mouthwash before a night of passion. 

Sir Tom told the Big Issue in 2015: “I use Listerine to make sure everything down there is sterile, like a surgeon before an op.

“It’s a good way to do it… I say that mouthwash is not only for gargling.”

He alluded to there being a “don’t ask” policy between him and his late wife Melinda Rose Trenchard, known as Lady Linda.

Sir Tom complained that his sex life had been “talked about so much” but that was “not the essence” of who he was.

He felt bombarded by questions abut how it “affected” his wife and was frustrated that everyone “always brings sex into it”.

Sir Tom made a joke that sex had to be spoken about because it is “a part of life… or we’d all die out” before he became more serious.

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He said: “But what is important is why are you different? What is unique?”

Sir Tom then stated that he did not “regret anything” and felt he had done nothing wrong.

He continued: “All in all, no matter what happened, my marriage is still solid and my son still loves me. 

“I haven’t done anything bad in my life.”

In a 2015 Sunday Times interview, he was asked again about his regrets – but only named two that were related to his music career.

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Journalist Bryan Appleyard fumed: “That’s a trivial regret, Tom! What about all the girls?”

Sir Tom replied: “Naw, because I never hurt anybody, it never backfired on me and my marriage is solid.”

Mr Appleyard was told that Linda “chinned” him after his affair with Marjorie Wallace, a one-time Miss World, was published in newspapers.

After the author said he “liked the sound” of Linda, Sir Tom described her as “an unbelievable woman”.

He continued: “She’s the most important thing in my life – all the rest is fun and games.”

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Sir Tom was then quizzed about why he never included any of his “colourful extramarital sex life” in his 2015 autobiography Over The Top And Back.

While unofficial biographies made claims about scores of affairs – some with celebrities and well-known musicians – his official account revealed very little. 

In one section, Sir Tom wrote: “The road will set temptations in front of you that are hard to resist.”

Mr Appleyard explained that this admission was “more or less it” in regard to his cheating spree.

Later, Sir Tom explained that he was unwilling to disclose that part of his life after he watched Kirk Douglas being forced to discuss his sex life on a US talk show.

Mr Appleyard described that Douglas, a Hollywood actor, was “mercilessly harassed” during that appearance. 

Sir Tom said: “I thought, ‘If that’s going to happen, I’d rather not bother’ – that’s what I’ve been thinking all along.”

In previous interviews, he also claimed that “the media always pick on the women”, which could have been another reason for not bringing hundreds of them into the spotlight.

Sir Tom continued: “Even if I do the rags-to-riches thing, I want it to be real.”

He hoped to capture “the essence” of coming from a “south Wales coal-mining background” and “the characters” that helped to shape him. 

Sir Tom preferred his musical influences to be disclosed rather than his extramarital affairs and the effect it had on Linda.

One year after the autobiography was released, Linda died of lung cancer in 2016. She had been married to Sir Tom for 59 years. 

They met as teenagers and by the age of 16, had tied the knot and had their son Mark Woodward – the singer’s real last name. 

Sir Tom feared he would never be able to sing again after his wife’s death but later managed to summon the strength for many performances on The Voice. 

When asked if he would look to date again, he stated: “I don’t think so.”

In his book, Sir Tom said he didn’t “think you can fall in love more than once” and claimed Linda was the only one for him.

He wrote: “I have never had that feeling for anyone else.”

Sir Tom Jones features on The Voice which airs at 8.30pm tonight on ITV.

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