Tom Jones: Coping with my wife's death is the hardest thing I have ever done

Tom Jones Makes His First Public Appearance Since The Death Of His Wife

A tearful Sir Tom Jones has spoken of the loss of his wife, during an emotional return to stage.

The Welsh singer said Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, to whom he was married for 59 years, was "the most important thing" in his life, during a talk at the Hay Festival.

Sir Tome Jones and his wife Linda in 1970
The couple had been married for 59 years (PA Archive)

Despite the famed womanising of his showbiz career, Sir Tom said he now realised more than ever "how important she was" to him.

Lady Linda, as she became known, died suddenly of cancer in April.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Sir Tom said coming to terms with her death was "the hardest thing" he had ever done.

Sir Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones (Joe Giddens/PA)

"She had always been very important to me, always," he said during an interview at the literary event.

"Now I realise that she might have been the most important thing in my life. I realise even more now, how important she was to me."

The former judge on The Voice became overcome with emotion as he insisted that he never considered leaving his childhood sweetheart.

Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones (Vince Bucci/Invision)

He said: "No. Never. Never crossed my mind - it didn't cross her mind. It was solid. We had a solid marriage that nothing could shake and we both felt that.

"I felt very lucky to have fallen in love at an early age. We were teenagers, we fell in love, not just in lust.

"A lot of teenagers fall in lust and then it doesn't last. But we knew this thing was forever, for as long as we would be alive. That's how strong the marriage was."

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