Sir Tom Jones Exclusive: “The Voice helped me get over the grief of losing my wife’

Sir Tom Jones has revealed that working on the new series of The Voice UK has helped him come to terms with the death of his wife Linda last year.

The legendary Welsh singer lost his childhood sweetheart and wife of 59 years in April last year after she died from terminal lung cancer.

Speaking at the launch of The Voice UK’s new series, Sir Tom said: “Doing shows and projects like The Voice has helped with the grief process because her death was so sudden I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Tom Jones has opened up about using music to deal with the grief of losing his wife[PA]

“And I really didn’t know if I could cope but I find that music has this healing mechanism and it really did save me.”

The 76-year-old, who has a music career spanning over six decades, is returning as a judge in the new series of The Voice, which launches on ITV this Saturday.

The revamped show will feature two new judges, the Oscar and Bafta-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and singer Gavin Rossdale, as well as will.i.am, who moved with the show from the BBC.

Sir Tom was previously given the boot by the BBC from the show with just a day’s notice back in 2015 and was replaced by Boy George.

Sir Tom Jones was married to his wife Linda for 59 years until she died from lung cancer last year [PA]

During our interview with the Sex Bomb hit maker he said that Linda would have definitely supported his decision to go back to the hit talent contest.

He said: “Linda couldn’t believe it when they didn’t renew my contract because she found out on the internet.

“She thought it was unbelievable so I know she would be very pleased that I’m back because she really enjoyed watching me on the show.”

We can’t wait to see this ledge back in action.

The Voice UK launches its new series on Saturday (January 7) at 8pm on ITV.

Judges Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale, and will.i.am appeared together to promote The Voice UK in London. Both J.Hud and Bush rocker Rossdale will judge the show for the first time when it premieres in the U.K. on Jan. 7. (Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)