Sir Tom Jones gives a health update as he denies reports he collapsed


ir Tom Jones has dimissed reports that he collapsed before a concert on Tuesday evening as “pure rumour”.

The Welsh superstar revealed the last-minute cancellation was caused by a viral infection after reports claimed he had fallen ill backstage at Budapest’s MVM Dome ahead of the latest European date on his Surrounded By Time tour.

The 82-year-old said when he arrived in the Hungarian capital he developed an “uncomfortable throat” and was diagnosed with viral laryngitis.

He told fans he was “very sorry” the show had been cancelled at the last moment but confirmed it has been rescheduled for August 16.

His statement released on Instagram said: “Hello to all concerned: I travelled last night from the UK to Budapest and woke this morning with an uncomfortable throat.

“A specialist came to visit and diagnosed ‘viral laryngitis’.

“He strongly advised postponing this evening’s show and prescribed medication and vocal rest. I did NOT ‘collapse’ anywhere at any time, that is pure rumour.

“Hopefully the inflammation will calm soon as I am looking forward to continuing my wonderful summer tour.

“Unfortunately the show had to be cancelled at the last minute, and for that I am very sorry.

“However, the show in Budapest has been rescheduled and will take place on August 16. Thanks again for all your kind concern.”

He signed off the message with “TJ”.

The legendary crooner – whose hits include It’s Not Unusual and Delilah – is currently on a tour of Europe, the UK, the USA and Canada which is due to finish in October 2022.

Last year, Sir Tom released his 41st studio album Surrounded By Time making him the oldest man to top the UK album chart.

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