'I'm not Mr Macho': Sir Tom Jones, 81, says he's 'too old to have fans throwing underwear at him'

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Sir Tom Jones has said the days where fans would throw underwear at him are long gone, but insists he doesn’t feel his age ahead of his 81st birthday on Monday.

The singing legend, who was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie gifts from fans in his heyday, believes those times are behind him as he asserted he isn’t ‘Mr Macho’. 

He also confirmed he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon as he reflected on his age on Friday and illustrious career which spans five decades. 

Age is just a number: Sir Tom Jones has said the days where fans would throw underwear at him are long gone, but insists he doesn't feel his age ahead of his 81st birthday on Monday

Age is just a number: Sir Tom Jones has said the days where fans would throw underwear at him are long gone, but insists he doesn’t feel his age ahead of his 81st birthday on Monday

He said to OK! Magazine: ‘The tight pants, open neck shirt, people throwing things at me – that went with time.

‘I concentrate more on the way I sing as opposed to the way I move. You can’t be up there saying, “I am Mr Macho,” because I’m not. I’m not jumping all over the place, but I don’t feel 80.

‘I’ve got good bones and I am pretty fit, and as long as I’ve got two bloody legs, I’ll keep performing.’

Last month, he admitted that never thought he would make it to his 80s after becoming the oldest male singer to earn a UK number one album. 

Popular: The singing legend, who was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie from fans in his heyday, believes those times are behind him as he asserted he isn't 'Mr Macho' (pictured in 1970)

Popular: The singing legend, who was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie from fans in his heyday, believes those times are behind him as he asserted he isn’t ‘Mr Macho’ (pictured in 1970)

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

It is Tom’s first chart-topping album in 22-years, but the Welsh star says the achievement is outweighed by his surprise at still being around to make music.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: ‘I didn’t think about being alive at this age. 80 years old. Who knows? You think, if I get there maybe, 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 I possibly can. I’ve never really known life without it. I’ve always been singing since I was a kid.’

In demand: He also confirmed he doesn't plan to retire any time soon as he reflected on his age on Friday and illustrious career which spans five decades (pictured in 1969)

In demand: He also confirmed he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon as he reflected on his age on Friday and illustrious career which spans 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 time' (pictured in 1968)

No stopping him: Last month, he admitted that never thought he would make it to his 80s after becoming the oldest male singer to earn a UK number one album

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

The singer, who released debut album Along Came Jones in 1965, admits he was stunned after discovering his latest had entered the chart at number one just days after it went on sale to the public. 

He explained: ‘They told me that it’s number one. I couldn’t believe it. I was thrilled to bits. After all this time.’

Recorded in studios across Wales, Wilshire and Somerset, Surrounded By Time features reworked cover versions of songs treasured by Jones during his decades spanning career.  

He said: ‘When you do an album like this, Mark started it off, my son. He said, “The next album should sound different…” then of course we started talking about songs. I’d saved up a bunch of songs I’d had over the years. 

Success! The veteran singer is enjoying something of a renaissance after new album Surrounded By Time debuted at number one on the UK chart in May, selling 14,936 copies in its first week of release

Success! The veteran singer is enjoying something of a renaissance after new album Surrounded By Time debuted at number one on the UK chart in May, selling 14,936 copies in its first week of release 

‘For example, I’m Growing Old I’ve had since I was 32. I was thinking about saving it for when I was 102.’ 

Tom added that he has no plans to slow down and has been encouraged by close friends, family and fans to continue making music for as long as possible.  

‘People have always been positive and said don’t retire,’ he said. ‘I’ve said I’m not going to, I won’t. Hopefully at the end of the day the people are going to like it [my music] and thank god, they do.’ 

Journey: It is Tom's first chart-topping album in 22-years, but the Welsh star says the achievement is outweighed by his surprise at still being around to make music (pictured in 1960)

Journey: It is Tom’s first chart-topping album in 22-years, but the Welsh star says the achievement is outweighed by his surprise at still being around to make music (pictured in 1960)

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