Tom Jones feared he wouldnt be able to perform after death of beloved wife Linda
Tom Jones recalls meeting his wife
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has recalled the anxiety he felt shortly after the passing of his beloved wife, Linda Trenchard, who passed away in 2016. Tom and Linda had been married for almost six decades before she lost a “short but fierce” battle against cancer.
It was very hard at the beginning, I didn’t know if I could do the shows
Sir Tom Jones
Now, the Welsh singer has spoken about the pain he experienced surrounding Linda’s passing and his career.
The happy couple resided together in Los Angeles but following her death, Tom relocated to London.
He notes that Linda’s death was “shocking” as the pair had known one another for their whole lives and had always been there for one another, whether that be at the end of the phone, or in person.
“She was always there and then she wasn’t,” said Sir Tom.
“I didn’t think I would be able to sing anymore, but I saw a counsellor and she said, ‘You have got to face it, now this is what happened, do you want to survive it or do you want to die with her?’” he told the PA news agency.
Tom continued: “Linda said herself, ‘Don’t you fall with me, you have got to get on that stage and keep going'”.
The Sex Bomb hitmaker notes that his son and his doctor encouraged him to seek help from a counsellor as his grief was not something he could handle on his own.
“My son helped me a lot and Linda, God bless her, when she was still alive because myself and my son were in the room with her in the hospital for 10 days, she said, ‘You two have got to mentor one another now, you have got to hold one another up’.”
Now, Tom keeps Linda’s ashes in a “little beautiful box” in the bedroom of his London residence, ensuring that Linda will always be close to him.
Despite his initial anxiety about performing again, Tom managed to get back on stage and his audiences of screaming fans offered help without knowing.
“It was very hard at the beginning, I didn’t know if I could do the shows,” he said.
He added: “Then I got on the stage and the audience lifted me up.”
The first show Sir Tom performed at was a sell-out crowd at London’s Hampton Court Palace following the death of Linda.
“The audience lifts you up and you think, ‘My God, this is the best place to be to get over this’ – rather than just lock yourself in a room. That doesn’t work.
“You have got to get on with life, there is a lesson there for everybody.”
Sir Tom continued: “If you can get over that grief, whatever it is if you can just see through it, time does heal. It’s an old saying, but it is true.”
Last month, the rocker became the oldest man to land a number one album on the official UK album charts following his 80th birthday.
Surrounded By Time landed the top spot, Tom’s fourth number one album and his first since he released Reload in 1999.
While appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: “They told me that it’s number one. I couldn’t believe it.
“I was thrilled to bits, after all this time!”
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