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‘She’s lost her spark and let herself go’ - Sir Tom Jones reveals wife's battle with depression

Published 05/10/2015 | 08:44

NEW YORK - JUNE 18: Sir Tom Jones and Linda Moran attend the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)
NEW YORK - JUNE 18: Sir Tom Jones and Linda Moran attend the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Music icon Sir Tom Jones has revealed that his wife of almost 60 years has been battling depression since she was young.

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The Welsh singer told the Sunday Times Magazine lamented that his wife Linda has "lost her spark" and "let herself go".

Welsh singer Tom Jones and his wife Linda walking down a street, 1965. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Welsh singer Tom Jones and his wife Linda walking down a street, 1965. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Sir Tom, who is believed to have had affairs during his prolific career, said his wife Linda has been suffering with mental health issues throughout their lengthy marriage.

The pair married when Jones was 16 and he recalls his wife once beating him up at their home in Los Angeles after the story of an affair with Miss World winner Marjorie Wallace appeared in the newspapers in 1976.

Sir Tom admitted, "I stood there and took it. She chinned me. She punched and shouted."

He has previously said he would not be able to carry on singing if his wife died, as he has loved her since he was 12 years old.

Singer Tom Jones with his wife Linda, posing outside their home in Glamorgan, Wales, July 20th 1967. (Photo by Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Singer Tom Jones with his wife Linda, posing outside their home in Glamorgan, Wales, July 20th 1967. (Photo by Express/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

"She's the most important thing in my life," Sir Tom insisted.

Mrs Jones has emphysema and has had two brushes with cancer.

Sir Tom added that Linda has retreated into herself in their Los Angeles home, smoking heavily, and has become increasingly immobile.

"An unbelievable woman. Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn't look like she did. I don't look like I did, either, but I try my best," the crooner told the magazine.

NEW YORK - JUNE 18: Sir Tom Jones and Linda Moran attend the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)
NEW YORK - JUNE 18: Sir Tom Jones and Linda Moran attend the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Tom was speaking in advance of his autobiography's release this week.

The book has been ghost written by Giles Smith - but Tom admits he has only read half so far.

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