Sir Tom Jones sadly said he would “never love again” after the death of his wife Linda.
Melinda, known as Linda, died aged 75 when she lost her fight to lung cancer in 2016, leaving her singer husband devastated.
They had been madly in love with each other and inseparable for 59 years of marriage.
In a declaration of love, the musician said it was impossible to fall for someone ever again.
Heartbroken Tom said Linda was the love of his life and their marriage of nearly 60 years was “wonderful”.
Speaking on the Joe Wicks Podcast, he said in a new interview: “No, I’ll never love again, there was one love of my life and that was Linda.
“Y’know, I have friends and stuff. I’m glad we had our lives together but I wish she was here now; we would be old together.”
At one heartbreaking low point, Tom thought his life was over now she was gone.
Fondly he recalled falling in love with his childhood sweetheart when they were 12 years old on the way to school in Treforest, South Glamorgan.
“I was in love with my wife as a kid,” he said.
“We grew up together and we loved one another ever since we saw one another.”
The pace of his life has completely slowed down now.
“When you get older you’re not clubbing like you used to be. You’re not out and about like that,” he said.
“I’m a lot calmer now, it’s a part of my life now that I’m enjoying, knowing that I’ve done a lot of stuff in the past, with the drinking and a lot of shows. A lot of high energy stuff.
“Now I can calm down a bit, now that I’m older, and take my time with things.”
Often the musician has worn his heart on his sleeve and publicly detailed the heartbreak of losing his wife.
He told The Observer magazine : “Losing Linda five years ago was the lowest part of my life. I honestly didn’t think I was going to get through it.”
Tom and Linda were married in 1957 and their flourishing love story spanned decades while the musician was in the limelight.
Throughout their lives together, the couple raised their son Mark.
After Linda’s death, Tom put their Los Angeles mansion under the hammer because he was unable to stay there without her.
Now the singer lives in a London flat after moving across the pond to the UK following his wife’s death.
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He previously said: “I didn’t feel comfortable there any more – she decorated the whole place – and she wanted me to come back to Britain.
“She was always homesick and then she got sick.
“She always said she wanted to come back and then she couldn’t do it, so then she told me to do it in the last week she was alive.”
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