Tom Jones moved away from LA after his wife of 59 years ‘sudden’ death – he lives alone & vowed to never marry again

Sir Tom Jones and Melinda Rose “Linda” Woodward were just children when they first met. It was a love of a lifetime and they embarked on a beautiful journey together. Unfortunately, like every journey, this one also had to come to an end.

Keep reading to learn more about their fateful love…


Sir Tom Jones and Melinda Rose “Linda” Woodward had a difference of only seven months between them. When they first met they were both 12 years old but it was three years later when they were fifteen that the famous singer asked Linda out.

Tom was smitten with her and would time his trips to the shop to coincide with hers so he could run into her. As for Linda, she had several suitors vying for her attention.

Later on in his autobiography “Over the Top and Back: The Remarkable Autobiography from a National Treasure,” Tom said he was in the right place at the right time. And he warded off all other competition as Linda liked him back as well, but he mentioned there was one guy who gave him fierce competition.

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“And fortunately, she seems to be as keen on me as I am on her, so it happens between us fairly smoothly, without too much anxiety and heartache,” he said of the situation.

Tom was deeply in love with Linda even before their relationship grew serious. When Tom was confined to his bed sick with tuberculosis, he still had an ache inside him at not being able to see Linda. He said, “I longed to be with this person; even at 11 or 12 years old, I had a pain in my chest for this person. I couldn’t wait to get out of bed…and see this girl.”

When they were about 15 years old, Linda told Tom she had missed her period. While he thought she might just be late, it turned out she was pregnant. Tom wanted to marry Linda right away but since Linda had not yet turned 16 years old, she was not legally able to get married.

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The couple also had other issues against their decision; like not having a place to live once they did get married.

When Linda turned 16 years old, their families allowed both of them to get married. However, they lived apart after their nuptials with their respective parents.

On Saturday, March 2, 1957 in a very simple ceremony that was in a plain room. When the day of the baby’s birth rolled around, the singer was not at the hospital with his wife. He called twice to ask after her and on his second call he was told, “Congratulations, your wife has given birth to a baby boy.”

He later visited her to see the baby and took with him some fruits for Linda along.


Tom fondly recalls how it felt like to hold his son for the first time. He felt a rush of emotions very deeply that he had never felt before. They named their son Mark Woodward.

In his life, Tom Jones has admitted to being a “lady’s man” in his song called “The Road,” released in 2008. However, he clarifies that he always goes back home to his wife.

The singer’s activities are well known, it was rumored that he entertained groupies and young women who vied for the singer’s attention. He also admitted to sleeping with over 250 women in a year during his lothario period.

Linda however, put up with everything. In an interview, Tom said of their marriage, Our marriage overcame everything else. I never wanted to leave her and she never wanted to leave me…she said look, as long as you come back home to me.”


In an interview, Tom said even after 60 years of being together, the two of them were still very much in love with one another.

A romantic at heart, the singer even saved the telephone box him and Linda would kiss in at the end of their street in Treforest. When he heard the council was having it removed, he took it and installed it next to his pool in Los Angeles.

The couple used to spent months apart when Tom was touring or when he was filming shows such as “The Voice” in London. Linda preferred to keep a low profile and keep to herself while her husband was hounded by media and a very public personality.

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Jo Mills, who is Tom’s late manager Gordon Mills’ wife says she believed had Tom involved Linda in his wife, she would have happily participated. Mills said, “I think from the very beginning, Linda was made to feel as if she mustn’t exist in his life. It is sad because she is a lovely person, very warm.”

In his autobiography, Jones revealed Linda was agoraphobic and suffered from emphysema. He also shared details of her depression which she had suffered since her early years.

Linda according to Tom had stopped looking and being like herself; she had lost her spark. However, she was still the most important person in Tom’s life.

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