Sir Tom Jones tells of waking up to heartache after dreaming about late wife

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Sir Tom Jones has revealed he dreams about his late wife and is devastated when he wakes up to realise she is not there.

Lady Melinda Rose Woodward died from lung cancer earlier this year at the age of 75 after the couple were married for 59 years.

Back from his seven-month tour in America, singer Tom Jones arrives at Heathrow Airport with his wife Linda and son Mark.
Tom with Linda and their son Mark in 1970 (PA)

He told the Sunday People: "I hear her voice. I see her a lot at night.

"When I dream that she's still here and then I wake up and she's not, that's the hardest."

The singer admitted he cannot contemplate finding a new relationship, saying: "I haven't even thought about that - I really haven't.

Sir Tom Jones attending the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, at Hyde Park in London.
Sir Tom (Ian West/PA)

"It was a devastating thing ­because we found out she had lung cancer - she didn't know. She had emphysema, you see, then all of a sudden, boom. I was on tour at the time and I came home and they didn't know how long we had.

"It was terminal. So I had to stop at that point and I didn't know whether I would be able to sing again because it hurt so much because we had been together since we were kids.

"It's still hard. I didn't know whether I'd be able to get up on stage and be emotional with songs, especially songs that she liked. But I can be and it's lifted me up and she's there."

Tom Jones performing on the MTV stage during day two of the V Festival, at Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire.
Sir Tom said performing again had been hard (Joe Giddens/PA)

Sir Tom will soon be back on TV when The Voice UK switches to ITV and airs next year.

The veteran coach will be joined by will.i.am and newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale in the famous red revolving chairs.

Sir Tom Jones arriving for The Voice UK auditions at The Voice UK Dock 10, Media City Blue, Salford, Manchester.
Sir Tom at The Voice launch (Oete Byrne/PA)

He previously slammed the BBC for dropping him in 2015 and said he has not received an apology.