Singer Tom Jones Opens Up About His Marriage And Love Life Following Wife’s Passing
Jul 22, 2021 by apost team
Sir Tom Jones is an iconic Welsh singer that has been showing off his incredible vocal abilities since the mid-1960s. With songs such as “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah” and “She’s A Lady,” many have grown to love and adore Jones and his beautiful talent in the musical department. His voice is rich and deep, making for the perfect baritone sound as has sung about love and heartbreak over his many years in the music industry.
Along with his illustrious career in the music industry, Jones has also shown off his talents as an actor and was the host of his own television series called “This Is Tom Jones.” His outstanding contributions to the arts even led to him being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. Jones has recently been making waves in the industry once again for his participation as a judge on “The Voice UK,” a competition series that he has been on since 2012, with the exception of the year 2016.
During his long career, Jones also managed to find love and was married to Melinda Rose Trenchard — better known as Linda — from March 2, 1957 until her death on April 10, 2016. They had a few issues within their relationship, but stayed together and loved each other through it all.
Together they had one son named Mark Woodward. In the years that followed Linda’s death, Jones opened up about missing his wife of 59 years and what she meant to him. Following a contestant’s performance on “The Voice UK,” Jones was left missing his late wife and shared his heartfelt emotions with the world.
With plenty of songs depicting relationships in his large discography, such as “It’s Not Unusual” and “Delilah,” it wasn’t uncommon for Jones to find everlasting love. Despite the issues that had come up in the press and alleged compilations within their marriage, Jones and Linda were married for an astonishing 59 years.
In 2016, Linda lost her battle with lung cancer and passed away. Jones opened up about how hard it was to grieve the loss. “When my wife passed away — God bless her — I didn’t know whether I would make it,” he said, as per Hello Magazine. “There were days when I felt I couldn’t get up, you don’t want to get out of bed to start with.”
Prior to her death, Jones had talked about how much they loved each other, despite rumors that he had been having affairs during their marriage. “(The affairs were) never discussed, I was never put on the spot,” he said. “Linda is a wonderful person and she would never put me on the spot. She loves being married to me and I love being married to her.”
In his autobiography “Over The Top and Back,” the crooner revealed that he and Linda had fallen for one another when they were just 12 years old, as per Express. They spent much of their time together in Los Angeles while Jones was busy touring and living in the spotlight, but Linda had wanted to return home to the UK. “Linda wanted to come back to Britain, she was always homesick,” Tom explained. Unfortunately, Linda got too sick to fly back home and passed away before she was able to return.
While appearing on “The Voice UK” in 2019, Jones was reminded of his late wife when contestant Deana Walmsley sang a song that brought back some loving memories. While Walmsley sang “Autumn Leaves,” Jones couldn’t help but get a bit teary-eyed and emotional as he watched the performance. Jones later explained the reason behind why he had been so overwhelmed by the song. “The song means a lot to me,” he said on This Morning in 2019. “I recorded it on my first album and every time I heard it the song seems to mean more.”
He went on to explain how it brought back memories of Linda. “That song reminds me of when my wife passed away three years ago,” Jones said. “Things (memories) were in my mind and she (Deana) nailed it. That was why I got so emotional and I could hardly speak.” Being a famous man in the world of music, Jones shockingly revealed that he struggled to sing following his wife’s death. “When my wife passed away, I didn’t think I could sing,” he said. “When you’re emotional, you can’t sing, your voice closes up.”
Despite struggling to find his voice at first, Jones learned to use his emotions and put them into his performances. “Feeling emotional; use it to your advantage and put it into the song,” he explained. He continued and said that it took him months to really sing again as it was an incredibly emotional process. Jones has shown that even though his wife is no longer with him, her memory will always live on.Tom Jones, Melinda (1965), (Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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