Tom Jones says late wife’s criticism was ‘always right’ amid warning: ‘Am I being honest?’

Tom Jones says late wife’s criticism was ‘always right’ amid warning: ‘Am I being honest?’

Sir Tom Jones says late wife Linda 'was always right'

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Sir Tom Jones, 80, opened up on his latest album, Surrounded By Time which is the first musical offering from the rockstar since his beloved late wife, Linda Trenchard, died in 2016. The Sex Bomb hitmaker shared how he was used to having his spouse around to give him her opinion on his music, as he acknowledged her criticism was usually “always right”.

She knew me better than anybody else

Tom Jones

Opening up on making music without Linda’s approval, Tom said: “It’s the first album that I’ve done where she hasn’t been able to tell me whether she likes it or not. 

“You see we grew up together, she was a fan of mine at school and in the pubs and clubs. 

“So she knows me, or knew me better than anybody else. 

“So when I would do something, she would say, ‘Who are you aiming at with that? What are you doing with that? It doesn’t sound like you. I don’t hear you in it’. 

“She was always right,” he added while speaking on Today FM with Feral D’Arcy.

The 80-year-old trusted Linda’s opinion above all others, as he sometimes even questioned his own intuition when it came to making hits.

He continued: “She was right, so I use to play things to her and say, ‘Am I coming through here? Am I loud and clear? Am I being honest?’

“She would say, ‘I love that, or I don’t know why you’re doing that one’. You know like that. 

“But I think she would love this album, I really do because I think I sound like me. You have got to be yourself.”

The singer previously revealed his grief and guilt five years on from Linda’s death.

The Voice UK coach explained the loss of his spouse was “the lowest part” of his life and left him wondering if he had “done enough” to try saving her.

Opening up on his heartbreak, Tom said: “Losing Linda five years ago was the lowest part of my life. 

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“I honestly didn’t think I was going to get through it. 

“I had to go and see a grief therapist because I kept thinking, ‘Did I do enough? Was I on the case? Did she slip away without me really realising what was happening?’

“But the therapist said, ‘No, she had lung cancer, there is nothing you could have done’.”

Tom shared even now he feels Linda’s presence, especially when he is on stage performing.

He continued to The Observer: “Now every time I step on stage, Linda is with me. 

“Before she died, she said, ‘Don’t think of me dying, think of me laughing’. That’s how I remember her.”

The couple tied the knot in 1957 when they were only 16 and went on to have their son Mark Woodward later that year.

The Voice UK coach revealed he had difficult days immediately after her death, where he struggled to even make it out of bed and didn’t know whether he “would make it”.

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