Since 2003, the Canadian singer Michael Bublé has captivated listeners all over the world, with his dulcet baritone sending him on the way to four Grammy Awards and nine studio albums. His 10th album, simply titled Love, will be released next month, but it will also be his last album ever.
In an emotionally-charged interview, Bublé revealed that he's retiring from the music scene for good, revealing that a cancer diagnosis for his young son changed his life forever. Bublé's son Noah was just three years old when he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and putting his career on hold to take care of his little boy has brought a fresh perspective from the 43-year-old.
"You just want to die," revealed Michael Bublé when talking about his young son's cancer diagnosis. Noah is Bublé's first child with Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato (who also put her career on hold for young Noah), and they also have two-year-old son Elias and three-month-old daughter Vida together.
Bublé recalled how having to face his son's mortality was a difficult task for himself and his wife. "I don't even know how I was breathing..." he said of the moment he found out, while revealing that Lopilato was just as devastated, if not more devastated.
"My wife was the same and even though I was the stronger of the two of us, I wasn't strong. My wife was... I'm sorry, I can't make it to the end of that sentence."
Pulling out all the stops for their son's health, jetting out to the United States so that Noah could undergo treatment for his cancer, Bublé revealed how he had tried to make the "best of the situation" for his son at the time. Noah is now in remission, but going through that ordeal has changed Bublé's views on life.
Strongly hinting that his upcoming album would be his last, Bublé explained: "I don't have the stomach for it any more. The celebrity narcissism. This is my last interview." Bublé revealed that he wanted to leave the industry at the top of his artistic game, admitting that at times, he had been "embarrassed by his ego".
"I decided I'll never read my name again in print, never read a review, and I never have. I decided I'd never use social media again, and I never have. Why are we here? Is this all there is? Because if this is all there is, there has to be something bigger. My whole being's changed. My perception of life... I'll never put the ego of the job ahead of my family."
Once his album comes and goes, we'll all miss Michael Bublé in the music scene. His velvety voice is often the soundtrack for subtle but powerful moments of love. But as we listen wistfully back to his records, we can rest assured that Bublé is retiring due to a love that's even stronger than anything we can imagine.