Tom Jones: 'I didn't say my wife has lost her spark, I said SHE feels she has lost her spark'
Tom Jones received international backlash over a recent interview where he revealed that his long-term wife Linda suffers from depression and has "let herself go".
Veteran singer Tom Jones has hit back at critics who branded him sexist after he was quoted in the Sunday Times newspaper last week as saying that his wife, Linda, had “lost her spark”.
“I didn’t say, ‘Linda has lost her spark’. I said, ‘Linda feels she’s lost her spark.’ It’s not the same thing," he told the Telegraph.
"She has emphysema and she’s not happy with the way she looks," she added.
Tom married Linda when the pair were 16 years old, and he maintains that she is still an "unbelievable woman".
“I carry a young picture of her wherever I go because it’s a wonderful memory," Tom revealed. "But not because she looks better on it. I’ve asked her if I can take a new picture and carry that around, but she doesn’t want me to.
“I did say I love talking to her on the phone because when we talk on the phone we’re young again. Age doesn’t matter on the phone.”
In the same interview, he was asked if he regretted the string of affairs he had had during his long career, including a rumoured dalliance with Miss World Marjorie Wallace in 1976.
The Welsh singer was also linked to the Supremes singer Mary Wilson during his prolific career.
However, the “Sex Bomb” singer retaliated, “No, because I never hurt anybody, it never backfired on me.”
In his autobiography, due to be released this week, Jones insists that his wife is the only woman he has ever loved.