Tom Jones on going to therapy after wife Linda's death
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has opened up on how his son Mark has spotted him carefully looking down at the floor when he walks. The singer candidly explained that he does this because it would be “harder for me to get up now” due to his age.
However, Sir Tom also insisted he is not afraid of feeling older despite these changes.
The Voice coach divulged: “I’m aware of feeling older and I wanted to address it. I’m not frightened of it.
“I look down at the floor when I walk. My son says he’s noticed how when I’m walking I’m looking down a lot.
“I say that it’s because I don’t want to trip over, if I hit the floor, it’s harder for me to get up now than when I was young.”
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Tom went on to address how he is feeling while preparing to release his first album since his late wife Linda’s death.
The album, Surrounded By Time, features covers of Bob Dylan, Bobby Cole, Yusuf Islam, The Waterboys and Michael Kiwanuka.
Sir Tom divulged in reference to the upcoming album: “It’s the first one without her so it’s very important to me.”
Linda and Tom married in 1957 when they were both just 16.
A month later, they welcomed their only child, Mark (Woodward) into the world, who is now Sir Tom’s manager.
Linda died of incurable lung cancer in 2016.
Sir Tom told The Sun that recording the album has been helpful in his grief recovery process and he is now looking forward to performing his new songs on tour.
He explained: “My therapist said time will heal, and it has. I’m in a position now where everything is bright.
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“I’ve come out of that cloud I was in and this new album has helped well.
“It’s just the Covid thing that stopped me. But I’ve had both jabs. I had the first one before Christmas and the second one in January.”
The Delilah hitmaker previously admitted he told his other half on her deathbed that he was unsure whether or not he would be able to sing again due to his heartache over losing her.
Opening up about his fears at the time in a new interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 last week, Tom said: “When she knew she had terminal cancer I was on the road.
“So I flew back to Los Angeles right away, as soon as they told me, and Mark and myself, my son, we spent the last 10 days with her in the hospital in Los Angeles.
“So she said, ‘What do you think you’ll do now?’
“And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know, and I don’t know whether I’ll be able to b****y sing, I think the words are going to get stuck in my throat’.”
Sir Tom then revealed to host Jo that Linda promptly urged him to carry on with his career in her absence.
He poignantly continued: “So she said, ‘Well you’ve got to, you can’t fall with me, I’ve got to leave but you don’t have to, so don’t crumble’.”
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