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Sir Tom Jones was the guest on this week’s edition of BBC Two’s Later … with Jools Holland and during his performance they spoke about his new album Surrounded By Time Jools wanted to know why Sir Tom had chosen the songs specifically to be on them to appear, and the conversation turned to one of the last things his wife said to him before she died

“The whole record seems to be going through – not only did you celebrate this birthday, you recently lost a wife – you’ve been through a lot lately,” noted Jools

“I don’t want to go on like a tabloid, but some difficult years have passed. Did this all come into play when we tried to make this [album]?”

“Yes,” replied Sir Tom, “Songs have a different meaning than experiences you have had in life

“After living 80 years I thought,” Let’s make an album with songs that I’ve collected over the years, but songs now that mean more to me now than before “

“I’m not going to break down with you if you fall – the opening song [to the Surrounded By Time album] and my wife – God bless her – when she knew she had lung cancer and it was incurable, and I said,” I don’t know what’s going to happen ‘

“Because it happened pretty quickly,” commented the judge from Voice UK. “And she said,” Don’t fall for me, I have to go, I have to go, but you have to get on with this ’

“And she said to my son Mark and me: ‘You two have to look after each other, no, you have to keep going

“This song, I won’t break down – I’ll do anything for you when I get up in the morning and I’ll do anything for you, but I won’t break down if you fall,” he explained

“I can’t go down with you like this and she said that, so this song became really important to me

“The songs on this album are very important to me and my life,” added Sir Tom

They were childhood favorites, and Tom fell in love with his Linda when they were both 12 years old when they went to school in Treforest, South Glamorgan

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After Tom and Lind had been married for only a few months, they welcomed their only child, Mark

in 1957

Sir Tom has another son, Jonathan Berkely, who was born in 1987 – thirty years after he first became a father

It came after touring the US and having a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery who then discovered she was pregnant

Sir Tom’s affair was no secret to Linda, in fact he had several connections throughout his career

The singer has said in the past that he was familiar with “hundreds” of other women, even though he remained married to Linda

Some of the famous names Tom has been associated with over the years include Supremes singer Mary Wilson, TV host Charlotte Laws, former Miss World Marjorie Wallace, and Cassandra Peterson better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

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World news – GB – Tom Jones explains the last message from the late woman to him: “I have to go, but you have to keep going”

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1406478/Tom-Jones-wife-Linda-Melinda-Trenchard-died-lung-cancer-message-Later-with-Jools-Holland