Tom Jones discusses how late wife inspired new song
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The One Show presenter Alex Jones, 44, struggled to fight back tears as she listened to singer Tom Jones, 80, talk about his late wife Linda’s final days in her battle with lung cancer. After the singer revealed that he told his wife he couldn’t bear to sing again after her death, the Welsh native explained that Linda advised him to “think of all the years” they had spent together, instead of remembering her in her battle with the disease.
My God Linda, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself
Addressing his new song, I’m Growing Old, Tom explained the meaning of the song to Alex and co-presenter Michael Ball, 58, on The One Show this evening.
He explained: “It’s about life, it’s about growing old.
“We’ve got to accept it, what’s the alternative?”
Responding to Michael stating that his new album was a “personal” one, Sir Tom agreed and revealed that each song tells a story about a different part of his life.
Tom explained: “I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall, like when my wife, my late wife Linda got – bless her – she had lung cancer and was passing away, I was there in the hospital room with her for the last 10 days.”
The Welsh star revealed that he told his wife he wouldn’t be able to sing again after she died.
Tom went on: “And I said, ‘My God Linda, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself, because I won’t be able to sing, I won’t be able to get the words out.’
“She said, ‘You must!’ She said, ‘Don’t fall with me, you know, I got to go, but you don’t have to’.”
Tom said that Linda wanted him to continue with his life and do the things they had planned to do together.
“‘And you got to go and do what we planned to do,’ which was to move back to London,” he explained, choking back tears.
“‘Like I planned to do but I just ran out of time’,” Tom quoted his late wife as saying.
He explained that Linda told him to imagine her happy when he took to the stage to sing.
Tom continued, saying: “‘But you’ve got to go and do it now,’ she said.
“‘When you get on the stage think of me laughing, don’t think of me as I am now,'” he continued.
Looking at co-presenter Michael, Alex placed her hand over her chest and held back tears following Sir Tom’s sad admission.
“Think of all the years we’ve had together and that should lift you up,’ which it does,” the singer confirmed.
Tom lost wife Linda in 2016 after a “short but fierce” battle with lung cancer.
Following her death, he moved back to the UK, as her final wish was for him to return to ensure he was close to family and friends, and the singer confirmed she would “definitely” approve of his swanky new place.
The singer spent 59 years married to his childhood sweetheart, after they wed in 1957 when he was just 17 years old.
Revealing he didn’t think he could go on without his beloved by his side and after turning to therapy and finding comfort in his music, Sir Tom returned to the capital after 20-years of living on US soil.
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