Sir Tom Jones opens up about coping after wife's death

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The Voice UK's Sir Tom Jones has opened up about how keeping busy with work has helped him cope with the loss of his wife, Lady Melinda Rose.

The couple were married for 59 years before Linda passed away after a brief battle with cancer last year and Tom has today revealed how his son Mark played a key role in introducing him to a grief counsellor to help him work through the loss.

"Mark helped tremendously," Sir Tom told The Mirror. "He said, 'There is this lady you should see'.

"She counselled a lot of things. 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."

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Shortly after Linda's death last year, Tom paid a tearful tribute to his wife, calling her passing the "hardest thing" he's had to cope with.

It was a sentiment he echoed in The Mirror today, adding: "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.

"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."

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Still, he also added that one thing in particular helped him the most, and that was keeping busy.

"Time off would be death for me," he said. "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."

Tom showed off that singing once again last night on The Voice UK by performing with his remaining act Into The Ark in the first episode of this weekend's final.

"I was loving it!" Tom said after the performance. "It's my kind of music to start with. This is the first time a duo has got this far on The Voice. One of the reasons being they can sing so many different things."

Tom will now be backing Into The Ark for a series win in tonight's grand final, where one act will go home with a shiny new record deal.

The Voice UK airs tonight on ITV at 7pm.

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