Sir Tom Jones on rival Engelbert Humperdinck: ‘Once a c*** always a c***’

Pair are said to have not spoken for two decades following rivalry

Sir Tom Jones discussed his long-running feud with fellow crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, stating that he will never resolve his problems with the 79-year-old singer.

Jones, 75, was recently axed as a judge on BBC’s The Voice. Promoting his new album and book, he spoke to the Metro regarding his remaining bad blood with Humperdinck, an artist he once shared a manager with.

Asked if he would ever patch things up with his rival, Jones replied: “No. It’s as I say – once a c*** always a c***”.


There has long been reports of competition between the two veteran performers, with Wales Online writing that the pair “grew resentful of each other’s success and developed a simmering rivalry” and “haven’t spoken a word to each other in the last two decades”.

In 2013, Humperdinck reached out to Jones, tweeting: “Hey Tom, I think we should put our differences aside and record a duet in the honour of [former manager] Gordon Mills. What do you think?” Jones failed to respond.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jones gave some love advice as a man who has been married for almost 60 years. He said: “You must be in love. My wife and I fell in love as teenager, we didn’t fall in lust as a lot of teenagers do, we were lucky.”

Jones recently spoke about his reaction to being axed from The Voice this summer. He says he told the BBC to “go fuck themselves”.

Tom Jones will release his new covers album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ today (October 9). The Welsh singer covers the likes of The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and more.