Tom Jones on going to therapy after wife Linda's death
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has reflected on one of his last conversations with his late wife Linda before she died of incurable lung cancer in 2016. The Voice UK coach admitted he told his other half on her deathbed that he was unsure whether or not he would be able to sing again due to his heartache over losing her.
Opening up about his fears at the time in a new interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 this evening, Tom said: “When she knew she had terminal cancer I was on the road.
“So I flew back to Los Angeles right away, as soon as they told me, and Mark and myself, my son, we spent the last 10 days with her in the hospital in Los Angeles.
“So she said, ‘What do you think you’ll do now?’
“And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know, and I don’t know whether I’ll be able to b****y sing, I think the words are going to get stuck in my throat’.”
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Sir Tom then revealed to host Jo that Linda promptly urged him to carry on with his career in her absence.
He poignantly continued: “So she said, ‘Well you’ve got to, you can’t fall with me, I’ve got to leave but you don’t have to, so don’t crumble’.”
Jo also asked the crooner if Linda would have liked his London apartment.
“She would love it,” Tom replied. “It’s got a view, we come from South Wales and both our houses had views.
“We’ve always had views so I got this apartment overlooking the Thames and it’s fantastic.”
The Welsh singer recalled some of his late wife’s final words while discussing dedicating the opening song on his new album, Surrounded By Time, to Linda.
Tom previously revealed why the track meant so much to him and how it reminded him of one of his last conversations with Linda before her tragic death.
Speaking on BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland last month, the star said: “I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall – the opening song [to the album Surrounded By Time] and my wife – God bless her – when she knew she had lung cancer and it was incurable, and I said: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
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“Because it happened pretty quick,” Sir Tom commented.
“And she said: ‘Don’t fall with me. I’ve got to go, I’ve got to leave, but you’ve got to carry on here.’
“And she said to my son Mark and myself, she said: ‘You two have got to mentor one another now. You’ve got to carry on’.
“That song, I Won’t Crumble – I’ll do anything for you when I get up in the morning and I’ll do anything for you but I won’t crumble if you fall,” he explained.
“I can’t go down with you like that and that’s what she said, so that song really became important to me.
“The songs on this album are very important to me and my time of life now,” Sir Tom added.
Sir Tom married Melinda Trenchard in 1957.
They were childhood sweethearts, with Tom having fallen for Linda when they were both 12 years old, as they walked to school together in Treforest, South Glamorgan.
After being married for just a few months, Tom and Linda welcomed their only child Mark, in 1957.
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