Tom Jones' strong marriage

Veteran crooner Tom Jones insists his 53-year marriage is as strong as ever and he would never leave his wife

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Tom Jones would never leave his wife.

The 70-year-old singer - who married Linda Trenchard 53 years ago - insists that, despite widespread reports of his infidelities over the years, he still has an incredibly strong bond with his spouse.

Tom - whose real surname is Woodward - said: "People are always asking me what makes my marriage work. There's no great mystery to it. We were kids when we met and we were completely in love. We still love each other and we've managed to remain friends too.

"We enjoy each other's company. Walking away from Linda would be unthinkable. We go back too far. I was Tommy Woodward to her then, and I still am. If I start giving it too much Tom Jones she'll remind me who I am."

The 'It's Not Unusual' hitmaker also said he hates seeing men be "disrespectful" towards women and insists he was brought up to be a gentleman around the opposite sex.

He explained to Live magazine: "People talk about it like it was just notches on the bedpost. But I never treated women like groupies.

"I've always been old-fashioned around the opposite sex. Like I'm careful not to swear in front of them. In Wales we swear all the time but not in front of women. I love a dirty joke but I'd never tell one in female company."

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