Sir Tom Jones feared grief would kill him following wife's death

Stephanie Soteriou

Sir Tom Jones has opened up about the loss of his beloved wife Linda, admitting that he thought that the grief would kill him.

Linda tragically passed away last year following a battle with lung cancer, leaving Tom devastated.

Tom and Linda were together for over 50 years.

Tom has now admitted that after her passing he struggled to get out of bed, eventually opting to see a therapist to help him cope with his grief.

Opening up, the iconic singer shared: “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.

“Mark [Tom’s son] helped tremendously. He said ‘There is this lady you should see’. She counselled a lot of things.

Tom feared his grief would ‘kill’ him.

“She said to me ‘You have got to carry on. If you don’t, you will die’. I thought of my family, my son, my daughter and my grandchildren – all of that.”

Despite eventually finding the strength to move on, 76-year-old Tom also admitted that he still struggles to cope without his wife of 59 years.

He added to The Mirror: “I hear her voice. I see her a lot at night. When I dream she’s still here and then I wake up and she’s not, that’s the hardest.”

The star keeps busy in order to cope with his heartache.

Tom also revealed that his way of coping without Linda is to keep busy, sharing: “Time off would be death for me. The only time I’ll take off is when I die. I don’t take long periods of time off. I’m happier when I’m singing, than not.”

And it looks like the star still has plenty ahead of him, with it being all-but-confirmed that he’ll be returning for next year’s series of The Voice UK.

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