Sir Tom Jones received a standing ovation as he spoke about his wife Linda during his first public appearance since her death.
Linda sadly passed away in April this year following a battle with cancer.
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An emotional Tom was speaking to GQ editor Dylan Jones at the Hay Festival in Wales on Sunday when he spoke about his loss.
According to The Telegraph, he told the audience: “It’s very difficult, the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.
“We were married for 59 years, we knew each other since we were kids. It was fast, she had cancer.
“I was in the Philippines, that was when I got the call, that it was terminal. I had to stop. So I flew back to Los Angeles and she had a week left, in the hospital.”
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A teary Tom Jones added: “I realised that she’s always been very important to me, throughout my life, but I now I realise she might have been the most important thing in my life – and she still is.”
Tom and Linda married when they were 16, when Linda was pregnant with their son, Mark.
Speaking at Hay Festival, he said: “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.”