Solved! Rid­dle of Sir Tom and En­gel­bert’s 20-year hump

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THEY have been sworn en­e­mies for more than 20 years af­ter re­port­edly feud­ing over who is the most suc­cess­ful singer. But the ri­valry be­tween Sir Tom Jones and En­gel­bert Humperdinck may have been sparked by a far more old-fash­ioned rea­son – jeal­ousy over a girl.

Jones, 75, spoke of the bad blood with 79-year-old Humperdinck last week as he pro­moted his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. Asked if the pair would ‘ever patch things up,’ the Welsh-born singer replied: ‘No. It’s as I say, once a c***, al­ways a c***.’ The fall-out had been blamed on a pro­fes­sional ri­valry sparked early in their ca­reers as they com­peted for the No1 spot with songs such as Green Green Grass Of Home and Re­lease Me.

But last night a for­mer girl­friend of Jones said she be­lieved the feud had erupted af­ter Humperdinck tried to se­duce her. Cal­i­for­nian en­tre­pre­neur Char­lotte Laws, who had a three-year af­fair with Jones from 1979, said she met ‘Enge’ when he was per­form­ing in Las Ve­gas, across the street from where Jones was in con­cert.

She said: ‘I’d been with Tom a year or two when I hap­pened to be walk­ing through the MGM and I was ap­proached by mem­bers of Enge’s en­tourage. I was told he wanted to speak to me in pri­vate. It was no se­cret I was with Tom.

‘I went into his pri­vate dress­ing room. He stood up, went into the cen­tre of the room and said, “I think I have a prob­lem” – and dropped his trousers. I started laugh­ing be­cause I didn’t know what else to do. Then he pulled his pants up and we both left the room.’

She said when she re­counted the tale to Jones later that night, ‘he sat in stoney si­lence’.

Laws, who re­mains friends with Jones, said: ‘I am sure there was good old-fash­ioned jeal­ousy there. They com­peted against each other for ev­ery­thing.’

STILL FRIENDS: Jones with Char­lotte Laws in 2004

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