Crooner doubts ex-friend will bury the hatchet

Irish Daily Mirror - - THE SOCIAL MEDIA - BY KATHRYN SPENCER mir­[email protected]­

CROONER En­gel­bert Humperdinck wants to end his long feud with Sir Tom Jones but doubts the Sex Bomb singer will bury the hatchet.

The mu­sic leg­ends once shared the same man­ager but fell out decades ago. En­gel­bert, 82, said: “It would be my plea­sure to say, ‘wel­come back into our friend­ship’ but I don’t think it’s go­ing to hap­pen.” The cause of the fall-out has never been known, but in 2015 Sir Tom’s al­leged for­mer mistress Char­lotte Laws claimed En­gel­bert flirted with her in 1979.

She claimed when she told Sir Tom “he sat in stony si­lence”.

She added: “I am sure there was good old-fash­ioned jeal­ousy there. They com­peted against each other for ev­ery­thing.”

Sir Tom, 77, said of Re­lease Me singer En­gel­bert just two years ago: “Once a c***, al­ways a c***”.

En­gel­bert, who lives in the US, in­sists he has no idea what caused the friends to fall out. He said: “Some­thing went wrong and I think he got a bee in his bon­net about some­thing.”

Asked if Sir Tom might have been jeal­ous of him, he said: “I don’t know. It doesn’t mat­ter whether I’m a big­ger record seller but it may have mat­tered to him.” The pair were known for their wom­an­is­ing but Catholic En­gel­bert, who is re­leas­ing a new Christ­mas al­bum, says he now re­grets it be­cause it hurt his wife Patricia, who has Alzheimer’s. He re­vealed that he re­cently lost two stone by train­ing in the gym and drink­ing healthy shakes.

En­gel­bert said: “I try to keep my­self young as pos­si­ble. I vow to never let my hair go grey.”

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