Saturday 20 January 2018

'I needed therapy after my wife's death' - Tom Jones on the grief of losing Linda

Tom Jones sought counselling after the death of his wife
Tom Jones sought counselling after the death of his wife
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Tom Jones has said he struggled to cope following the death of his wife Linda Woodward until his son Mark convinced him to seek help.

The Voice judge said he would wake up distraught in the months after Linda's death in April 2016, after seeing her in his dreams.

Speaking to The Mirror, Jones (76) said: "I hear her voice. I see her a lot at night. When I dream she's still here and then I wake up and she's not, that's the hardest."

"When my wife passed away, God bless her, I didn't know if I'd make it. There were days when I felt I couldn't get up. You don't want to get out of bed to start with," said Jones.

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.

The Welsh singer had been married to Linda for 59 years when she died, age 75. Recognising the difficult time his father was having, Jones' son Mark advised his father to seek counselling to help him work through his grief.

""Mark helped tremondously. He said, 'There is this lady I think you should see'. She counselled a lot of things. She said to me, 'You have to carry on, if you don't you will die'.

"I thought of my family, my son, my daughter and my grandchildren," said Jones.

Meanwhile, Jones was rumoured to be courting Priscilla in February.

According to The Sun, the couple went on a number of dates in Hollywood at the beginning of this year.

A source said: "Tom and Priscilla are courting. There is a spark between them but they are taking it slowly.

Sir Tom Jones is making a comeback on The Voice when it returns on ITV
Sir Tom Jones is making a comeback on The Voice when it returns on ITV

"It really is early days but they get on so well."

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