Tom Jones has claimed that he will take a DNA test to trace his ancestors’ ethnicity in an attempt to end confusion over his race.
The 75-year-old crooner was often taken for black due to his baritone voice and curly hair.
“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,” Jones said in a recent interview. “Because of my hair, a lot of black people still tell me I’m just passing as white.”
“My mother came out in big dark patches all over her body,” Jones recalled for The Times. “They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know.”
“I’m going to get my DNA tested,” he concluded. “I want to find out.”
Jones was born in Pontypridd, South Wales. His mother was Welsh and English; his father was English.