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June 06, 2016 11:00 AM

Tom Jones got emotional during a Sunday appearance in the U.K., just six weeks after losing his wife to cancer.

Appearing at the Hay Festival in Wales on Sunday, Jones broke down in tears as he spoke about his late wife, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, who died eight weeks ago.

“I realized that she’s always been very important to me, throughout my life, but I now realize she might have been the most important thing in my life – and she still is,” he said.

The 75-year-old singer, known for his popular hits such as “It’s Not Unusual” and “Delilah,” wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was interviewed on stage by GQ editor Dylan Jones about his life in the music industry and how fortunate he was to have his wife by his side for 59 years.

Jones, who has sold more than 100 million records and won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1966, said that despite his much-publicized affairs (he once claimed to have bedded 250 women a year) his marriage was solid as a rock.

“I felt very lucky to have fallen in love at an early age,” he said (the pair married when Linda was pregnant with their son, Mark, when they were just 16). “We knew this thing was forever, for as long as we would be alive. That’s how strong the marriage was.”

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On whether they ever considered separating, the Welsh singer was adamant that they had never even discussed it. “No. Never crossed my mind: it didn’t cross her mind,” he said. “We had a strong marriage that nothing could shake and we both felt that.”

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