Tom Jones shares dying wife's last words
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, opened up on the inspiration behind a poignant song on his latest album Surrounded By Time, which is dedicated to the memory of his beloved late wife Linda Trenchard. The particularly emotional musical number tells the story of how the singer’s spouse had urged him to carry on with his career, despite her having just days left to live.
I don’t think I’ll be able to do it Linda
Appearing on Lorraine this morning, Tom shared how Linda had remained ever-present in his work: “There’s a song on there, ‘I won’t crumble with you if you fall’ because I was with her for the last 10 days in the hospital.
“She knew she was dying with lung cancer.
“She said, ‘Look I’ve got to go, but don’t fall with me now… you know you have got to carry on.
“‘You have got to get on that stage. You have got to do it’.
“So I said, ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to do it, Linda, honestly. She said, ‘You must do it’,” he added.
Tom has previously spoken of his grief and guilt five years on from Linda’s death.
The Voice UK coach explained the loss of his spouse was “the lowest part” of his life and left him wondering if he had “done enough” to try saving her.
Opening up on his heartbreak, Tom said: “Losing Linda five years ago was the lowest part of my life.
“I honestly didn’t think I was going to get through it.
“I had to go and see a grief therapist because I kept thinking, ‘Did I do enough? Was I on the case? Did she slip away without me really realising what was happening?’
“But the therapist said, ‘No, she had lung cancer, there is nothing you could have done.’”
Tom explained how even now he feels Linda’s presence, especially when he is on stage performing.
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He continued to The Observer: “Now every time I step on stage, Linda is with me.
“Before she died, she said, ‘Don’t think of me dying, think of me laughing’. That’s how I remember her.”
The couple tied the knot in 1957 when they were only 16 and went on to have their son Mark Woodward later that year.
He naturally had difficult days immediately after her death, when he struggled to even make it out of bed and didn’t know whether he “would make it”.
Tom told the Sunday Mirror: “When my wife passed away – God bless her – I didn’t know whether I would 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.”
After Linda’s death in 2016, Tom left their £6.5 million mansion in LA and returned to London where he bought a flat.
This was something he said Linda had wanted to do in her final years but was unable to, due to her fear of flying.
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