Sir Tom Jones has had a colourful life, rising to fame in the mid-1960s, releasing a string of hits and touring around the world performing his music. The Welshman has also seen his fair share of scandal and heartache, losing his wife Melinda Woodward (Trenchard) in 2016. The Sex Bomb singer remained devoted to Melinda – known affectionately as Lady Linda – throughout her life. 

Sir Tom met Melinda Rose Trenchard when they were both aged 15, in the village of Treforest, close to Pontypridd in South Wales. 

The pair married aged just 16 in 1956 and that same year their son Mark was born. 

The What’s New Pussycat singer confessed to The Sunday Times Magazine in 2015 that his wife had suffered from depression. 

He said: “I’ve realised she’s had depression since she was young. She’s always had a touch of it.”

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Melinda died in April 2015, after a short battle with cancer. The pair had been married for 59 years. 

Sir Tom has also opened up about his affairs, confessing to having sex with up to 250 groupies a year at the height of his fame. 

In the 2015 interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, he remembered his wife once beating him up at their home in Los Angeles after the story of an affair with a Miss World hit the tabloids.

He said: “I stood there and took it. She chinned me. She punched and shouted.”

Despite his numerous affairs, Sir Tom stayed devoted to his wife right until her death. 

He said: ”She’s the most important thing in my life.

“An unbelievable woman. Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn’t look like she did.

“I don’t look like I did, either, but I try my best.”

He has also previously told the BBC: “We love one another.

“I think love conquers all and it’s the truth.

“And a sense of humour… because we grew up together, we’re both Welsh. 

“You know, growing up in South Wales, there’s a certain sense of humour there.”