Sir Tom Jones has said divine intervention helped him return to shore and save his life as he struggled to swim in shark-infested waters.
The singer, 80, explained how, while working in America in the late 1960s, he took a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, and went to a beach BBQ where he got in trouble.
Speak about Alan Carr on his Life’s A Beach podcast, Tom explained how he usually kept his jewelry in a man’s bag, but left his cross chain on for the dip in the water that day.
Close call: Tom Jones has said divine intervention helped him get back to shore and save his life as he struggled to swim in shark-infested waters off the coast of Mexico
Looking back on his incredible music career, Tom explained that while working on his TV show This Is Tom Jones, which ran from 1969 to 1971, he would leave the US to work on his visa for more days.
Tom then related how he had vacationed in Mexico on a trip with family and friends when a friend who ran a nightclub invited him to a lagoon.
The star explained, “I, schmuck, thought just above this dune is the ocean … so I wonder like a fool, and I look at the calm water and think it looks beautiful out there.
“I go through the surf and start to swim out, then someone comes looking for me, standing on the beach and I look at them and the boys about this size.”
Scary: The 80-year-old singer explained how, on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, while on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, during a beach BBQ in a lagoon, he ran into trouble swimming (pictured in Barbados in 1976 with former Miss World Marjorie Wallace)
Tom realized he was farther than safe and continued, “I swam down and hadn’t moved an inch. I thought, “This is it now.” ‘
Tom then told Alan that he was wearing his cross chain on that particular day, which he usually takes off while swimming.
He said, ‘I always took off my jewelry and put it in my men’s bag, for some reason I didn’t. I put my hand on my chest and still had this big cross and chain on. ‘
He said, “I put my hand on it and said,” God, I’m desperate here. What should I do? ” I wanted to give up. I thought I’d take a load of water and say goodnight.
A voice came up to me and said, “If you think you can swim, now is the time to prove it.”
‘So I start heading towards the beach, going down like the clappers. I am trapped in the breaker and I am looking for the light to see which way is going up because I have turned around.
‘Surely I’m going to be thrown on the beach and break my neck? The wave threw me onto the beach. ‘
Tom added that he later learned that the beach where he was swimming was surrounded by shark-infested waters, and his friend said they would ‘never’ go into the ocean.
Podcast host Alan then asked him, “So you think that was God, not a lifeguard with a megaphone?”
And Tom replied, ‘Absolutely, on my life. Then I spoke to real swimmers who said the undertow brought you to sea, you have to go left or right or you’ll never make it. There’s no way, you must’ve had something divine. It was not your time to go. ‘
It’s coming after Tom admitted that he “realizes that I feel older,” but is not afraid of it.
But the singer is showing no signs of slowing down as he prepares to release his 42nd album, Surrounded By Time – the first since the loss of his beloved wife Linda in 2016.
Speaking of aging, Tom said his son Mark has noticed that he looks down when he walks and that he does it because it would be ‘harder for me to get up now’.
Feeling old: Tom recently admitted that he ‘knows I feel older’, but he’s not afraid of it (photo last month)
Tom told The sun: ‘I am aware that I feel older and I wanted to tackle it. I am not afraid of it.
‘My son says he has noticed that when I walk I look down a lot. I say it’s because I don’t want to trip over it, when I’m on the ground it’s harder for me to get up now than when I was young. ‘
During the interview, Tom also explained why he moved back to London after living in LA for 41 years. The Sex Bomb hitmaker said the couple always planned to return to the UK because Linda was homesick.
He said, “I went looking for flats in London while Linda was still alive, but then she got worse and found out it was cancer and she said,” We left it too late for me, but not for you, Tom. ” ‘
Linda died on April 10, 2016 – at Cedars Sinai Hospital, LA – at the age of 75 after a ‘short but fierce’ battle with lung cancer.
Soulmate: But he’s showing no signs of slowing down as he prepares to release his 42nd album, Surrounded By Time – the first since the loss of his beloved wife Linda (photo 1967)