"I was ready for most aspects of the music industry but, when I met [him], that threw me off a bit, because he was a homosexual," said Jones.
I thought: 'Wait a minute, is the London scene — the people who run British showbusiness — are there a lot of homosexuals involved here? Because, if so, I’m going back to Cardiff.'
"When I signed with Decca, and Peter Sullivan became my manager . . . I said: 'You’re not one of these queer fellows, are you?' And he said: 'What are you on about?' I became paranoid, you see. I wondered, was that required to make a hit record?’
He went on to say that his fears were allayed when he realised that most other people in the industry were "normal".
"It just so happened that the first guy to record with me was a homosexual producer. Once I'd got over the shock of that, and realised that most people were normal..."
Quickly backtracking, the singer added: "Well, I shouldn’t put it like that. Homosexuals are normal, it’s not that they’re not normal. It’s just that they are what they are."More stories: Brent Corrigan reacts to ‘King Cobra’ as Disney star shares photos from set Sam Heughan: One very good reason to watch period drama ‘Outlander’