Tom Jones may end his music career after the death of his wife, Linda, according to the Mirror. The Welsh singer and Linda were married for almost six decades, and many of his love songs were dedicated to her.
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Sir Tom Jones previously admitted it would be difficult to sing after the death of a loved one, and now, following the death of his wife, it seems like the singer is faced with a difficult decision: to quit singing or continue his career despite all the pain and sorrow.
Linda passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles after a short but brutal battle with cancer. During his appearance on Jonathan Ross’ show last year, Sir Tom Jones said his wife wasn’t feeling well at that moment and admitted he wasn’t sure if Linda was going to make it. Sir Tom Jones also revealed that he had a heart-wrenching conversation with their son Mark, who is also the singer’s manager, that he would find it difficult to continue his singing career after the death of his wife.
“If your mother doesn’t make it I don’t know whether I can sing.”
Sir Tom Jones, who served as a coach during one of the seasons of NBC’s The Voice, also revealed that when performing a lot of his songs, he thinks of his wife, which is why it would be extremely hard for him to continue performing after her death.
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According to reports, Sir Tom Jones, who cancelled his six concerts of the Asian leg of his world tour last weekend because Linda’s state significantly worsened, was at his wife’s bedside as she passed away on Sunday.
Sir Tom Jones and Linda knew one another from childhood and had been married since 1957. Both the singer and Linda, also known as Lady Linda, were the children of coal miners in South Wales.
Linda died at the age of 75 and had suffered from emphysema. In an interview last year, Sir Tom Jones admitted that Linda was the love of his life.
“She’s the most important thing in my life. An unbelievable woman. 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.”
Speaking to Jonathan Ross just a few months ago, Sir Tom Jones said his hit song “Take My Love” has always reminded him of the times he and Linda were teenagers and the way they used to dance in dance halls in South Wales.
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Last weekend, Sir Tom Jones cancelled his concerts in Asia due to “a serious illness” in his family, according to the Telegraph. Arguably the most famous Welsh singer cancelled six concerts of the Asian leg of his world tour.
The six cancelled concerts in Asia included scheduled performances in Tokyo, Osaka, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, and Bangkok. Sir Tom Jones’ management revealed in a statement that the singer “regretfully” had to cancel the Asian shows.
“He extends his deepest apologies to both the organizers and the fans, who he is most sad to disappoint. There are no further details at this time.”
However, neither Tom Jones nor his management said it was Linda’s worsened condition that forced the country singer to cancel the shows. In fact, the signer’s management even denied that it was Linda they were referring to when said “family.”
Sir Tom Jones’ next scheduled performance of his world tour should take place at London’s Hampton Court Palace on June 8. However, given the recent devastating developments, it seems unlikely that future concerts will go ahead as planned, although ticket holders should wait for official confirmation from Tom Jones’ representatives to find out the fate of their concert tickets.
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