My guilt over death of wife

Grief is brought home by her favourite song

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SIR Tom Jones blamed him­self for the death of his beloved wife – and said a Bob Dy­lan song rammed home his guilt.

The mu­sic icon crum­bled with grief af­ter los­ing Linda, his wife of 59 years, to lung can­cer.

One of her favourite songs was Dy­lan’s What Good Am I?, which Sir Tom has recorded and per­formed count­less times.

But he has re­vealed the lyrics left him ask­ing whether he could have done more to save Linda, 75.

He ad­mit­ted: “That song is the one I was scared of. She loved it.

“But the song is, ‘What good am I if I’m like all the rest, if I don’t just turn away when I see how you’re dressed’. It’s like ‘Why couldn’t I have stopped it?’

“I was read­ing into the lyrics think­ing, ‘Je­sus Christ, was I partly to blame? Should I have wo­ken up be­fore? You start to think, ‘What if I had forced her to go to the doc­tors?’ Be­cause she didn’t go.

“You think ‘s***, maybe I should have said she had to’. So that song is very touch­ing.”

THER­APY

Delilah star Sir Tom, 78, made the ad­mis­sion as he gave details of ther­apy he had af­ter Linda died.

He went on: “I saw a lady in LA, told her about the song and she said, ‘That’s the first one you should try, get the one you’re scared of over with’. I got some of my mu­si­cians to­gether and that was the first step.”

Sir Tom – back on TV last night as a judge on BBC1’s The Voice – took time off af­ter los­ing Linda.

Now, al­most three years on, the wounds are heal­ing.

He added: “Time is a healer. When some­thing like that hap­pens it’s so dev­as­tat­ing you don’t know how to deal with ev­ery­thing.

“But you give it time... things sink in and you re­alise this is the way it’s go­ing to be.

“There are friends who have been through this, of course. That’s an­other thing about grow­ing old I don’t par­tic­u­larly like – that you lose friends.

“They aren’t here any more. But the great thing about go­ing on and do­ing some­thing you love is you start to make new friends. So it’s worked out.

It’s all right. It’s good. And ev­ery­body helps me.”

Sir Tom fell for Linda at high school in Pon­typridd, South Wales. She stood by him over 60 years of fame, for­tune and scan­dal as a string of women were linked to the singer.

But no one could com­pare to Linda. And asked whether he will find love again, he said: “I don’t think so, no.”

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