TOM Jones has struggled to adjust to life without his beloved wife Melinda Trenchard.
But how long were they together and when did Linda pass away?
Melinda Trenchard and Tom Jones were childhood sweethearts, who married when they were just 16Credit: Getty – Contributor
Who was Tom Jones’ wife Melinda Trenchard and how did she die?
Linda passed away on April 10, 2016 – in Cedars Sinai Hospital, LA – at the age of 75.
Also known as Lady Woodward, her death followed a “short but fierce” battle with lung cancer.
He added: “I’m still trying to get over that. I don’t think I ever will, so the last thing on my mind is marriage.”
He’s vowed to keep working, and previously told Lorraine Kelly: “Music is saving my life.”
In 2017 it was rumoured that Tom was dating Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley but he denied the claims saying they were “good friends”.
Linda was crippled with agoraphobia, a fear of going outside, in later life and friends say the private woman feared being gossiped about.
In a rare interview, “shy” Linda once said: “I feel alive when [Tom] comes through the door, whatever the time of day or night is.”
Close friends said she enjoyed housework, watching TV and drinking champagne.
Linda passed away in April 2016, after a ‘short but fierce’ cancer battleCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty
How long were Tom Jones and Melinda Trenchard married?
Tom and Linda were childhood sweethearts, who were married for 59 years.
The couple tied the knot on March 2, 1957, when they were both 16.
Former factory worker Linda stood by her man despite many well-publicised infidelities.
At the height of his fame, Tom was sleeping with up to 250 women-a-year, according to the Telegraph.
Tom has two kids – one, Mark Woodward, by LindaCredit: Getty – Contributor
How many kids did Tom Jones and Melinda Trenchard have?
The couple had one son, Mark Woodward, who was born the same year they were married.
Woodward is Jones’ real name, and his son works as Tom’s manager.
Tom also has another son, called Jonathan Berkery, who was born as a result of a three-day fling with model Katherine Berkery in 1988.
He’s never met his love child, and has reportedly shown no interest in doing so.
Jonathan, who goes by the name Jon Jones, told Mail Online he became a gun-currying drug dealer who slept rough, and blames his dad for abandoning him.