Tom Jones admits his marriage was ‘kept quiet’ when his first hit single was released

Tom Jones recalls meeting his wife

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Sir Tom Jones, 80, married the love of his life Linda Trenchard when they were 16, just before his career took off. But as a young, ambitious male singer, the fact he was already married when he rose to fame was something of a worry for his management.

‘Ooh sorry girls, but Tom Jones is already married’

Tom Jones

He and Linda wed in 1957 and welcomed their son Mark in the months that followed.

Before securing a recording contract, the musician worked at a glove factory and was later employed in construction.

His first chart topping hit It’s Not Unusual, came out in 1964 and reached international fame, it was somewhat released with an apology.

In a recent interview with Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast, Sir Tom admitted they tried to keep his marriage quiet.

“They kept it quiet, which they used to do,” Tom confirmed.

“Marriage – you can’t be married,” he explained, for fear that his audience would be put off.

Jessie wondered whether it was because none of the young girls would buy the record, to which The Voice judge replied: “That’s what they thought.

“It was the front of the Daily Mirror, I remember seeing it.

“After It’s Not Unusual [made] No. 1, it went very quickly.

He recalled the papers printing: “‘Ooh sorry girls, but Tom Jones is already married.'”

But it wouldn’t tarnish his reputation.

Sir Tom has become one of the most renowned British artists of his time, and made a hugely successful career off of his voice, married or not.

He and Linda were married for 59 happy years, until she sadly passed away in 2016 after a “short but fierce” battle with cancer.

Tom was left absolutely devastated by Linda’s death, and told the Sunday Mirror: “When my wife passed away – God bless her – I didn’t know whether I would make it.

“There were days when I felt I couldn’t get up, you don’t want to get out of bed to start with.”

He recently opened up about the inspiration behind a poignant song on his latest album Surrounded By Time, which is dedicated to the memory of his beloved late wife.

The particularly emotional musical number tells the story of how the singer’s spouse had urged him to carry on with his career, despite her having just days left to live.

Appearing on Lorraine last month, Tom shared how Linda had remained ever-present in his work: “There’s a song on there, ‘I won’t crumble with you if you fall’ because I was with her for the last 10 days in the hospital.

“She knew she was dying with lung cancer. She said, ‘Look I’ve got to go, but don’t fall with me now… you know you have got to carry on.

“‘You have got to get on that stage. You have got to do it’.

“So I said, ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to do it, Linda, honestly. She said, ‘You must do it.'”

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