Tom Jones Wants to Know if He's Black

Tom Jones

Tom Jones Wants to Know if He's Black

Singer to undergo DNA testing.

Published November 2, 2015

Tom Jones wants to know if there’s more to his curly afro than meets the eye. The long-running joke that he’s actually a Black man has made him curious about his ancestry.


The 75-year-old singer, best known for his 1965 classic “It’s Not Unusual,” plans to undergo DNA testing to see if he has any Black ancestors, reports the U.K.’s Telegraph.  

”A lot of people still think I'm Black," noted Jones. “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 Wales native, whose parents are of English and Welsh decent, says his mother was asked if she had any “Black blood” when he was born. 

“She said she didn't know,” Jones recalled. “I’m going to get my DNA tested. I want to find out." is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.


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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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