Tom Jones is setting the record straight on why his Budapest concert was really canceled.
A source told MailOnline that the 82-year-old “It’s Not Unusual” singer collapsed one hour before his show on Tuesday. However, Jones disputed that on Instagram, stating he had doctor’s orders not to perform because of “viral laryngitis.”
“Hello to all concerned. I traveled last night from the UK to Budapest and woke this morning with an uncomfortable throat,” he wrote.
“A specialist came to visit and diagnosed ‘viral laryngitis.’ He strongly advised postponing this evening’s show and prescribed medication and vocal rest,” he continued.
He added: “I did not ‘collapse’ anywhere at any time, that is pure rumor. Hopefully, the inflammation will calm soon as I am looking forward to continuing my wonderful summer tour.”
His “Surrounded by Time” tour remains in Europe until his first US tour date in Atlantic City on Sept. 9.
In 2021, Jones spoke to The Post about going through quarantine.
“I’ve been doing ‘The Voice UK,’ so that’s kept me busy. That’s really saved my life, you know, being out with people,” he said.
He also recalled Prince Philip’s recent death and the time the royalty insulted his singing.
“We were at Buckingham Palace having cocktails before we went to do this [benefit], and he came over to me and explained what it was all about, which I thought was really nice,” Jones reflected.
“He said, ‘I’m sure you’ve read that I said that you must gargle with pebbles. Well, this is the way it went: I was at a small businessmen’s meeting, and they were complaining about not being subsidized by the government. So I used you as an example, in a good way, of a coal miner’s son from a little town in Wales [who] has become this huge pop star … This man’s voice is so powerful, he must gargle with pebbles,’” Jones recalled of the interaction.
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