Tom Jones on the importance of his song for his late wife
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Sir Tom Jones was married to his wife Melinda Trenchard, known as “Lady Linda”, for close to six decades until her death in 2016. The couple were devoted to one another, despite his extramarital affairs with other women, and she rarely spoke publicly on their marriage.
In an unearthed interview, Linda opened up about her relationship with the legendary crooner.
The Voice UK judge’s other half had a solitary press interview where she explained that although the adulation Sir Tom received from fans made her feel uncomfortable, she loved her husband with an immense passion.
In a rare chat, the singer’s partner spoke out about their marriage, where she made the candid admission.
Linda said: “I feel alive when [Tom] comes through the door, whatever the time of day or night is.”
Following the interview, which took place when Linda was in her 20s, she remained silent and rarely shared details of her private life.
According to Sir Tom’s biographer Sean Smith, she rarely ventured outside of the couple’s Los Angeles home.
“Linda has her housekeeper and gardener and she sees more of them than anyone else,” Sean told the MailOnline. “She hasn’t flown in years and is unlikely to come back to the UK again.
“When Tom is back in LA they are an elderly retired couple in their 70s — having gentle drives and enjoying reading in the sunshine and TV, like a million other pensioners.”
The Sex Bomb hitmaker has previously opened up about his wife’s decision to lead a solitary life after her battle with depression.
The couple who hailed from Pontypridd, Wales, fell in love and became parents at the age of 16, but in Linda’s later years was increasingly reclusive.
Linda became house-bound living in their LA residence and had developed emphysema, amid cancer scares as well as a battle with depression – not to mention the claims of Tom’s affairs over the years – but she remained the “love of his life”.
“I’ve realised she’s had a depression since she was young,” Sir Tom told the Sunday Times Magazine in 2015.
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“I don’t think she really enjoyed getting out and about, and I think she was happy with being in the house.”
He added: “Linda is the love of my life, and she still is, even though she doesn’t look like she did. I don’t look like I did either, but I try my best. She’s lost her spark.”
At the time, Sir Tom revealed that the pair would often speak on the phone when he travelled abroad and the singer carried an old photo of them with him.
He commented: “You’re not looking at one another, I’m looking at an old picture I carry around with me and leave by the bed.
“She says, ‘I don’t look like that anymore.’ I say, ‘I know you don’t, it brings back wonderful memories.'”
He added: “When we are on the phone, the whole thing, the depression, leaves her when we talk. She’s an unbelievable woman. She’s the most important thing in my life. All the rest is fun and games.”
The couple were married for close to six decades until Linda sadly died in 2016, after a battle with lung cancer.
The Delilah hitmaker resided in the United States for over two decades with his family.
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