Wednesday 21 August 2019

Tom Jones plans DNA test to see if ancestors are black

Tom Jones said he was often mistaken for being black
Tom Jones said he was often mistaken for being black

Sir Tom Jones plans to undergo DNA testing to see if he has black ancestry, after being told he is "just passing as white".

The singer said he was often mistaken for being black, partly because of his voice and partly because of his thick, curly hair - which is now white but used to be black.

Sir Tom, 75, explained to The Times magazine: "A lot of people still think I'm black. 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 I'm just passing as white."

The star said medical staff were confused when his mother Freda Woodward, who was of Welsh and English descent, gave birth to him in 1940 in Pontypridd, South Wales.

He said: "When I was born, my mother came out in big dark patches all over her body. They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn't know."

The former The Voice coach added: "I'm going to get my DNA tested. I want to find out."

Many companies offering private genetic tests claim they can identify whether people have DNA from specific racial groups, although the science behind this is disputed.

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