Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tom Jones speaks out for first time about losing his wife of 59 years

Published 30/05/2016 | 16:52

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Sir Tom Jones has opened up about losing his wife and said that he will carry on singing.

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In his first interview since his wife Linda passed away from cancer in April, Tom Jones said it had been 'a tough few months, losing Linda'.

“She had emphysema and we thought that’s all it was. But it turned out to be worse than that in the end,” he told Michael Ball on BBC Radio 2.

Jones and his childhood sweetheart Lady Melinda Rose Woodward were married for 59 years and he was at her bedside when she passed away.

The couple had known each other since they were 12 years of age.

Jones cancelled his tour in Asia when Linda fell ill, but now said he is going to continue on singing like Linda would have wanted.

It is unusual: Married in 1959, Tom Jones and Linda Woodward were a remarkably long-lived celebrity couple.
It is unusual: Married in 1959, Tom Jones and Linda Woodward were a remarkably long-lived celebrity couple.

“I’m feeling pretty good now. I’m back in it and getting back in form," he said.

“Singing is what I do. I’m a singer and I love to sing.

“I was wondering if I could use that love as a strength, and it was.

“[Linda] wanted me to go on and keep singing, she said not to stop.”

He continued: “If I could use the love that Linda and I had together, if I could use that as a strength, her memory would give me strength, I hoped and it does.

“I’ve tried it, I’ve tried singing and she’s there.

“So it’s not a bad feeling - it’s a great feeling to have her with me and think about her when I sing.

“She kept my feet on the ground. She was a wonderful, wonderful person,” he added.

The Welsh singer is set to return to the stage in Hampton Court Palace in London on June 8.

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