How old is Aled Jones, who is his wife and is the BBC Songs Of Praise presenter returning to TV?
However, the Songs of Praise presenter was taken off air for a period by the BBC following an allegation of sexual harassment – but the star has now apologised for his behaviour.
Who is Aled Jones?
Aled Jones was born on December 29, 1970, in Bangor, North Wales – making him 47 years old.
He joined the Bangor Cathedral choir at the age of nine and became lead soloist within two years.
Jones then became a child superstar when he covered "Walking in the Air" from the film The Snowman, with his version reaching No5 in the UK charts in 1985.
By the time his voice broke at 16, Jones had already sold an astonishing six million albums and sung for the Pope, The Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Jones has continued a recording career into adulthood and began acting in 1990, going on to play the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
He has also become a popular and highly successful broadcaster, presenting radio shows on Classic FM, Radio 2 and Radio 3.
The Welshman has also fronted many TV programmes, most notably as a lead presenter on Songs of Praise and host of ITV's Daybreak, and was a contestant on the 2004 edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting and for charitable services.
In October 2018, it was announced that he is set to join forces with BRIT Award-winning star Russell Waston for a huge UK tour. having previously performed together on Songs of Praise: The Big Sing in 2010.
Is the Songs of Praise host married?
Jones married his girlfriend Claire Fossett in Covent Garden, London, on January 6, 2001.
They had met in Blackpool when he was performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The couple have two children, Emilia and Lucas – their daughter, 16, is an actress who has appeared in an episode of Doctor Who and performed on stage in Shrek The Musical.
What were the allegations against Aled Jones?
The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed that Jones had been taken off air by the BBC after being accused of sexual harassment.
The 47-year-old faced an allegation of inappropriate behaviour from a former colleague.
It is believed to be one of 25 live cases of alleged sexual harassment recently highlighted by BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford.
The allegation is believed to centre around messages and contact.
Jones apologised for his "juvenile" behaviour but denied any inappropriate contact.
Following his return to the BBC, a spokesman for Jones said: "About three months ago Aled voluntarily agreed to step away from his presenting commitments whilst the organisation conducted a review.
"Aled was devastated to learn that some of his past behaviour outside the BBC had caused distress to others. He deeply regrets this behaviour and is very sorry for the hurt it has caused.
"Aled has given his assurance that it will never be repeated. Aled will now continue with his roles at the BBC. There will be no further comment."
A BBC spokesman added: “We can confirm that Aled Jones will be resuming his radio and television presenting roles with the BBC over the coming weeks.”
In a further blow, Aled has now been axed from a new ITV show, with The Sun exclusively revealing on March 22, 2018, that Zoe Ball would replace him.
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