14 October 2019 17:55
Vinnie Jones broke down in tears in his first TV appearance since the death of his wife Tanya, as he revealed how she told him not to grieve for her in a letter. The footballer-turned-actor also praised Tanya for not seeking fame over the years while commenting on the current feud between footballers' wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. Tanya – Jones' wife of 25 years – was 53 when she died on July 6 following a years-long battle with cancer. Jones, 54, told ITV's Good Morning Britain that he and their daughter Kaley found a letter from Tanya that said: "Don't grieve, I'll be waiting for you." In a heartbreaking interview, Vinnie Jones quotes a letter he found from his wife Tanya who died in July after a long battle with cancer. "My daughter's been strong, that letter has made my daughter very strong, she's now leading and taking up the reins." Of the letter, he added: "I got her card, it said, 'Vin, tomorrow something beautiful will happen,' and in it she wrote that, something beautiful always happens to her that she wakes up with me, and I think with me, as much as I was a bugger, she felt safe with me, I could deal with it, whatever problem." Referring to the public row over alleged leaked stories between Rooney and Vardy – the wives of footballers Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy – Jones said: "The thing with Tans is, you look at the papers now with the two football wives… "Tanya got offered hundreds and hundreds of opportunities to do modelling and do stories, and she's never done any of them.
"And I think it's quite funny and everything else, but what about the embarrassment to their husbands? No thought of the kids." Vinnie Jones and his wife Tanya in 2002 (Myung Jung Kim/PA) Jones said that hearing that Tanya was going to die from medical staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she was being treated, was like a "sledgehammer". He said he refused to let Tanya go to a hospice, and that he had not wanted her to know that she was going to die. In 2013, Jones revealed both he and Tanya had melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, and he was later given the all-clear. Tanya had also been treated twice for cervical cancer and underwent a heart transplant at 21 following the birth of her daughter Kaley.
They discovered last Christmas Eve that the cancer had spread to her brain, but she pushed through the festive period while in pain for the benefit of friends and family. "That's the first time we broke down together, and we were in the house and we had a lot of guests there," he said, of hearing her diagnosis. "She didn't want to ruin their Christmas. "She wanted to get through the Christmas so they put her on steroids… It really puffs her out. "She went on the steroids to get through the Christmas… She was in and out of pain but got through it brilliantly." Jones was at Tanya's side when she died at their Los Angeles home in July. Tanya had Kaley by her former husband – who Jones later adopted – and a son, Aaron, with Jones. Jones, who won the 1988 FA Cup with Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang" and made his film debut in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels a decade later, said that he is "keeping busy", and that messages from members of the public over the past three months had "made a difference". Vinnie Jones broke down live on Good Morning Britain earlier today during an emotional discussion about the loss of his wife with Piers and Susanna. The British actor and former professional footballer was seen wiping away tears as he recalled a heartbreaking letter his partner, Tanya Jones, left behind for him. The whole ITV studio was completely silent as they listened to Vinnie's every word while he spoke of his life without his loved one. Tanya died in July following a six year-long battle with three different cancers. Vinnie began to break down as he opened up to the TV hosts about the exact moment he found an heart-wrenching letter from his late wife that she wrote for him. In the letter she told her husband not to "grieve" as she "will be waiting" for him. "And I believe that, I really believe that - I've got something to look forward to." Vinnie recalled. He also spoke how the letter has made his daughters very strong, who Vinnie says are both "leading and taking up the reins." When asked what else the letter included, Vinnie recalled a further inspiring message Tanya wrote for him in a card. "On it it said 'Vin, tomorrow something beautiful will happen.' Further into the discussion, Vinnie went on to tell the panel about what he did when he was told Tanya didn't have long left to live. "She was in that other room and we had to go back and I said the one thing that's important is she's not going in a hospice." He added: "She'd got to situation with the painkillers where I didn't want her frightened, so I said I don't want her to know and I don't want her in any pain. "She was in a lot of pain, Piers. "It was Christmas Eve when they said they'd found some spots on her brain. "...I think she knew she wasn't going to make this Christmas." Viewers at home watching took to Twitter to send Vinnie their love. One user posted: "The love Vinnie Jones has for his wife and watching a grown man speak about his wife in this way is so genuine and heart breaking at the same time#GMB." Another wrote: Oh Vinnie Jones....