In 2016, Canadian singer Michael Bublé was moments away from stepping on stage for his London concert when he received a text from his wife, Argentinean actor Luisana Lopilato, telling him that their three-year-old son Noah had cancer. Now, after two years of medical treatments, including chemotherapy, Noah is thankfully cancer-free, but Bublé says the impact of his son’s disease has forever changed him.
In the new cover story for People magazine, Bublé speaks candidly about Noah’s battle with cancer, careful to focus solely on his experience as a father and husband, maintaining a high level of privacy surrounding his son. “Everyone understood in my world what my priority was,” said Bublé. “We all go through things. You just hope you learn something about yourself and you learn something about the people with you.”
Bublé credits wife Luisana and their extended families for keeping him going thanks to their unwavering support, with everyone relocating to Los Angeles to support Noah during his treatment. “Obviously everything can be super stressful, but I got some superheroes in my life,” said Bublé.
The JUNO winner said that having a sick child forced him to reevaluate his priorities. “I don’t think I feel very nervous for anything anymore,” said Bublé. “The perspective that I have on life now allows me to understand that I don’t have to sweat the small stuff. I want there to be a purity, and I want there to be a focus on relationships and kindness. I’m spending my time doing things I love and with people I love, for people I love.”
The Vancouver native was presented with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November, with fellow Canadian David Foster speaking at the ceremony. Following Noah’s diagnosis, Bublé says he was unsure about whether he would return to the studio, but eventually teamed up with Foster and focused on once again finding the joy in music.
“Coming back was really beautiful,” said Bublé. “I feel like every performance, every time I meet somebody on the street, it’s really an opportunity to look them in the eye and express my appreciation and how grateful we are for their love and their compassion.”
Bublé released his tenth studio album “Love in November,” which features the new track “Forever Now,” written for his three children, including sons Noah (5) and Elias (3) and daughter Vida, who was born in July. Setting out on tour for the first time in three years, Buble says that he’s scaling back on the typical number of shows he usually plays while on the road, keeping his focus on his family. “It’s important not to lose sight of what makes you most happy, and what makes me most happy is being with my kids,” he says. “I want them to have that steady kind of presence in their life.”
As for the upcoming holiday season, the King of Christmas says that he looks forward to spending time at home. “If you think I like Christmas, then double that by a zillion,” he says. “My favorite thing in the whole universe is just having my sisters and all their kids and my kids and blasting Christmas songs and dancing for hours. That’s happiness right there!”
Michael Bublé’s Third Annual Christmas Special is streaming now on Crave.