Tom Jones ‘angry’ over doctor’s warning amid health prediction ‘I’ve got maybe 10 years’

Tom Jones discusses his morning routine

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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has insisted he has no plans to slow down despite going through a health scare recently. As a result, the Delilah hitmaker admitted his doctor angered him when he urged him to consider putting an end to his touring and career performing on stage.

It comes after the star had a urinary tract infection two years ago, which was fortunately cleared up with antibiotics.

Recalling his conversation with his doctor at the time, Sir Tom said in an exclusive interview with Saturday’s Daily Express newspaper: “The doctor told me, ‘You’re 78, you shouldn’t be running about on stage now, should you?’ 

“I was a bit angry at that. I told him, ‘Just because it stings when I pee, that’s got nothing to do with whether I can sing.’

“I felt great then, and I feel great now. I shouldn’t slow down. Slowing down is what kills you.”

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He is now looking forward to performing songs from his upcoming album, Surrounded By Time.

The album features covers of Bob Dylan, Bobby Cole, Yusuf Islam, The Waterboys and Michael Kiwanuka.

However, despite Sir Tom’s determination to continue performing for his fans, he also predicted that he’s got “maybe 10 years” left to live.

The Welsh singer divulged: “The album is called Surrounded By Time because I don’t have much of it left. 

 

“I’d love to think I’ve got 20 years and that I’ll hit 100. 

“Realistically, though? I’ve got maybe 10 years.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on stage, and it’s a lot easier thinking about that since we got the vaccine.”

Tom also opened up about his late wife Linda Trenchard’s death, admitting he saw a grief counsellor to discuss his guilt. 

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Sir Tom lost his wife Linda back in April 2016 after a battle with cancer.

The Voice UK coach said: “When Linda was well, I’d recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s song What Good Am I.

“The last verse says, ‘If I just turn my back while you silently die, what good am I?’

“I was thinking, ‘Did I stand by and let Linda die?’”

He continued: “I was bothered about that, and I knew that was going to be the hardest song of all to sing, if I could get back on stage as Linda wanted.

“The grief counsellor said What Good Am I should be the first song I should try to sing when I next rehearsed with my band.

“We arranged rehearsals at a country hotel, Coworth Park in Berkshire.

“We had a few beers to remember Linda and I said, ‘Right, OK. I’ve got to try this.’ And I got through it.”

Linda died aged 75 after her long marriage to Sir Tom, which began when they tied the knot at just 16.

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