SIR Tom Jones looks thin and drawn as he walks on a beach after vowing to honour gigs for British fans â€“ just weeks after losing wife Linda.
Itâ€™s the first time the singer, 75 , has been seen in public since his wife of nearly
60 years died after a â€œshort but fierceâ€ battle with cancer on April 10.
Sir Tom confirmed he will be back on stage at Londonâ€™s Hampton Court Palace Festival next month â€“ with his promoter adding: â€œThe show must go on.â€
Dressed in black, Sir Tom looked strained and exhausted as he strolled with his manager son Mark, 59 in Santa Monica, California.
One onlooker said: â€œHe looked tired out. Santa Monica is a beautiful place to clear your head, which is what he seemed to be doing.
“He was deep in thought as he looked out across the water.â€
Sources close to the singer and former The Voice judge say heâ€™s Ââ€œdeterminedâ€ to sing on June 8, the day after his 76th birthday.
He is expected to honour a string of UK gigs over the summer after cancelling his Asian tour.
Sir Tom previously said he would struggle to perform without Linda, who he met at the age of 12 in his home town of Pontypridd, and went on to marry when they were both 16.
An insider said: â€œTom is a consummate professional. It will be emotional. Many of his songs remind him of their love.
â€œHeâ€™s felt the strain of Lindaâ€™s loss immensely but heâ€™s committed to his fans.
“He will want to fulfil his dates throughout summer. He will then have time to reflect.â€
Last year, Sir Tom revealed Linda had been unwell before and that he had he told Mark: â€œIf your mother doesnâ€™t make it, I donâ€™t know whether I can sing.â€
The childhood sweethearts wed in 1957 and Sir Tom has often spoken of their love, despite his notorious affairs.
He said Âpreviously: â€œSheâ€™s the most important thing in my life. Linda is the love of my life.â€
They lived in a gated community in Beverly Hills but in later life Linda became a recluse and was reportedly agoraphobic.
Last year, Sir Tom was criticised for suggesting she had â€œlost her sparkâ€, but clarified: â€œShe doesnâ€™t want to go out because she doesnâ€™t like the way she looks.â€
After her death, Sir Tom thanked fans for their support, adding: â€œSee you soon.â€ – Daily Mirror