‘I’m not Mr Macho’: Sir Tom Jones, 81, says he’s ‘too old to let fans throw underwear at him’

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Sir Tom Jones has said the days of fans throwing underwear at him are long gone, but he insists he won’t feel his age before his 81st birthday on Monday.

The singing legend, who in his heyday was inundated with swooning love letters and spunky lingerie gifts from fans, believes those days are behind him as he claimed he’s not “Mr Macho.”

He also confirmed he has no plans to retire anytime soon as he looked back on his age and illustrious career spanning five decades on Friday.

Age is just a number: Sir Tom Jones has said the days of fans throwing his underwear at him are long gone but insists he won’t feel his age before his 81st birthday on Monday

He said to OK! Magazine: ‘The tight pants, the open-necked shirt, people throwing things at me, that went with the times.

“I focus more on the way I sing than on the way I move. You can’t be there and say, “I’m Mr. Macho,” because I’m not. I’m not jumping all over the place, but I don’t feel 80.

“I have good bones and I am reasonably fit, and as long as I have two bloody legs I will continue to perform.”

Last month, he admitted he never thought he’d make it to eighty after becoming the oldest male singer to earn a number 1 album in the UK.

Popular: Singing legend, who in his heyday was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie from fans, believes those days are behind him, as he claimed he's not

Popular: Singing legend, who in his heyday was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie from fans, believes those days are behind him, as he claimed he’s not “Mr Macho” (pictured in 1970)

The veteran singer is experiencing a sort of renaissance after the new album Surrounded By Time debuted at number one in the UK charts in May, selling 14,936 copies in its first week of release.

It’s Tom’s first album in 22 years to top the charts, but the Welsh star says the achievement doesn’t outweigh his surprise that he’s still here to make music.

When he appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said, “I didn’t think of living at this age. 80 years old. Who knows? You think, maybe when I get there, and here I am and here we are.

‘I’ve always wanted to keep recording as long as possible. I want to sing as long as possible. I’ve never really known a life without it. I’ve always sung since I was a kid.’

In demand: He also confirmed that he has no plans to retire anytime soon, as Friday looked back at his age and his illustrious career spanning five decades (pictured in 1969)

In demand: He also confirmed that he has no plans to retire anytime soon, as Friday looked back at his age and his illustrious career spanning five decades (pictured in 1969)

Moving on: He said to OK!  Magazine: 'The tight pants, open-neck shirt, people throwing things at me - that went with the times' (pictured in 1968)

He's not holding him back: Last month, he admitted he never thought he'd make it to 80 after becoming the oldest male singer to earn a No. 1 album in the UK

Moving on: He said to OK! Magazine: ‘The tight pants, open-neck shirt, people throwing things at me – that went with the times’ (pictured in 1968)

The singer, who released his debut album Along Came Jones in 1965, admits that he was stunned to discover that his latest album had entered number one just days after it hit the market.

He explained: “They told me it’s number one. I could not believe it. I was all excited. After all this time.’

Recorded in studios in Wales, Wilshire and Somerset, Surrounded By Time features reworked covers of songs Jones cherished throughout his decades-long career.

He said, ‘When you make an album like that, Mark started it, my son. He said, “The next album has to sound different…” and then of course we started talking about songs. I had saved up some songs that I’d had over the years.

Good luck!  The veteran singer is experiencing a sort of renaissance after the new album Surrounded By Time debuted at number one in the UK charts in May, selling 14,936 copies in its first week of release.

Good luck! The veteran singer is experiencing a sort of renaissance after the new album Surrounded By Time debuted at number one in the UK charts in May, selling 14,936 copies in its first week of release.

‘For example, I’m getting old, I’ve had that since I was 32. I thought about saving it for when I was 102.”

Tom added that he has no intention of slowing down and that he has been encouraged by close friends, family and fans to keep making music for as long as possible.

“People have always been positive and said, don’t retire,” he said. ‘I said I’m not going, I won’t. Hopefully people will eventually like it [my music] and thank goodness they do.’

Journey: It's Tom's first album in 22 years to top the charts, but the Welsh star says the achievement doesn't outweigh his surprise that he's still there making music (pictured in 1960)

Journey: It’s Tom’s first album in 22 years to top the charts, but the Welsh star says the achievement doesn’t outweigh his surprise that he’s still there making music (pictured in 1960)

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