Tom Jones taking DNA test to find out if ancestors were black
Tom Jones is planning to take a DNA test to determine whether he is black.
The singer has always wondered about his ancestors' ethnicity due to his olive complexion and coarse, curly hair. He now hopes to get to the bottom of things by taking a test that will reveal more about his heritage.
"A lot of people still think I'm black," he said in an interview with The Times magazine. "When I first came to America, people who had heard me sing on the radio would be surprised that I was white when they saw me. Because of my hair, a lot of black people still tell me that I'm just passing as white."
According to the 75-year-old Sex Bomb singer, his mother Freda developed "big dark patches" on her skin when she gave birth to him. It caused medical professionals to ask the same kinds of questions Tom now is.
"My mother came out in big dark patches all over her body," he revealed. "They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know."
According to MailOnline, the tests can cost as much as £300 (€272) and focus on "ancestral lineages" that help make up a person's DNA.
It seems Tom is keen to clear up more than just his ancestry. The star also recently spoke about his fans, who have been known to hurl their underwear at the stage in appreciation. But while it's a compliment, the crooner isn't too taken with the gesture.
"That I love being a knickers magnet!" he answered MailOnline when asked the biggest misconception about him.
"I’d prefer that it stopped, but I wouldn’t want to upset the fans. The first time it happened was very sexy, but then it lost its meaning."