Lady Melinda Rose Woodward passed away earlier this month
Tom Jones has broken his silence for the first time since his wife’s death to thank fans for their condolences.
Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, known as Linda, had been married to the star for 59 years.
Woodward died earlier this month (April 10) at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She is thought to have been 75 years of age. She passed “after a short but fierce battle with cancer” and was “surrounded by her husband and loved ones” at the time of her death.
Under the heading “A little note from Tom”, he wrote on his official website: “A heartfelt Thank You to all who sent notes of their sympathy and support to me and my family over the last couple of weeks. So many beautiful and meaningful things were said, and reading these genuine and lovely messages has lifted us all. See you soon.”
He recently cancelled a number of tour dates overseas due to the “serious illness” in his family.
Jones (real name Thomas Jones Woodward) met his wife (maiden name Trenchard) at secondary school in Treforest, near Pontypridd, south Wales. The pair married in 1957, both aged 16. Their only child, Mark, was born a month later.
Writing about Woodward in his 2015 autobiography Over The Top And Back, Jones said he had “never had that feeling for anyone else… I don’t think you can fall in love more than once”.
“She is an unbelievable woman. She’s the most important thing in my life,” Jones said of Woodward prior to her death. “All the rest is just fun and games.”