Sir Tom Jones denies he collapsed in Budapest after cancelling show due to illness

Tom Jones performs on the MTV stage during day one of the V Festival 2015
Sir Tom Jones insists he did not collapse ahead of cancelling his Budapest show. (PA)

Sir Tom Jones has denied reports he "collapsed" in Budapest, after he cancelled his concert at the last minute.

The 82-year-old Welsh singer was taken ill at the Hungary venue, where he was due to perform for the latest stop on his European tour.

The It's Not Unusual singer has issued a statement saying he has been diagnosed with viral laryngitis.

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Sir Tom 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 16 August. Thanks again for all your kind concern."

Sir Tom Jones, pictured January 2021 on The Graham Norton Show
Sir Tom Jones, pictured in January 2021, has been diagnosed with viral laryngitis. (PA)

Reports had begun to circulate that the Sexbomb singer collapsed just an hour before he was due on staged at Budapest's MVM Dome and doctors were called to the stadium.

A statement from the MVM Dome issued to a Hungarian newspaper said: "Following the advice of his doctors, Tom Jones will not be able to perform tonight at the MVM Dome in Budapest.

"The concert is postponed to Tuesday, August 16, 2022, and the purchased tickets are automatically valid for the new date.

"Sir Tom apologises for the inconvenience and is looking forward to performing in front of the Hungarian audience in August."

According to local news reports, the National Ambulance Service said it was not called to the venue.

Tom Jones performs during the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Sir Tom Jones hopes to continue his summer tour of Europe as soon as possible. (Getty Images)

Sir Tom is due to continue his Surrounded By Time tour in Luxembourg on Thursday 14 July.

The What's New Pussycat singer - who began his career performing at Welsh Working Men's Clubs in 1963 - previously revealed that when wife Lady Melinda Rose Woodward died from cancer in 2016, he felt he might never sing again.

But before she passed, his wife of 59 years had urged him to carry on singing.

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And in May 2021 Sir Tom became the oldest man to top the UK album chart, with his latest collection Surrounded By Time.

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