Sir Tom Jones admitted that returning to The Voice UK on ITV has “saved his life” as he struggles to come to terms with his wife’s tragic death.
The superstar, who was unexpectedly axed from the BBC show in 2015, has spoken out about his heartbreak after his partner of 59 years, Linda, passed away from cancer in April.
In the wake of his devastating loss, Sir Tom cancelled concerts and admitted that he didn’t know whether he would ever be able to sing again, but he has since revealed that the talent show has helped him to cope with his grief.
“I’ve got back on stage,” he candidly told The Sun. “That first step was a big one. Now I realise music is saving my life. It’s even more important to me than before – I’m reading more into lyrics of songs now.”
Speaking about being re-hired as a coach on the popular singing competition after it was poached by ITV, he added: “The busier I am, the better I feel. The Voice is definitely part of that.”
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Sir Tom, 76, had been a judge on the BBC series for four years but in a shock move, he was dismissed last year, according to him, without rhyme or reason – or even a prior warning.
However the legendary musician (and fan favourite mentor) will be returning to the revamped show in 2017 alongside newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale, and former BBC coach Will.i.am.
Last month, Sir Tom said of his coach comeback: “I’m looking forward to returning to my big red chair on The Voice UK.
“I had some great times on the show and I can’t wait to again discover and help some brand new talent. And of course be back with my pal Will.i.am.”
In addition to the new TV station and judging line-up, there has been a drastic shake-up at the blind auditions stage ahead of the new series launch – now the coaches won’t be able to see the contestant unless they press their buzzer.
Speaking about the “harsh” new twist, Tom admitted to Digital Spy: “If I was in that position and nobody turned, I’d want to get out of there!”
The Voice will make its ITV debut next year.