Michael Bublé QUITS after son's cancer battle: 'This is my LAST record, family means more'
News about Bublé’s son Noah’s cancer battle broke two years ago when the singer suddenly pulled out as the host of the 2017 BRIT Awards.
The superstar has barely been seen in public since then, focussing on his family.
It seems he has also been on a life-changing personal journey which forced him to recognise he had been unhappy with his life and career even before Noah’s diagnosis.
Bublé said: “When this terrible news came in I realised I wasn’t having fun in the music business. I’d lost the joy and at some point just before the Brits I was starting to lose the plot. I’d become desperate to hold onto something I thought I might be losing, and I thought I had to do something special to keep it.”
Despite chart-topping albums, sell-out tours and the adulation of millions of fans, Bublé realised he was crippled with self-doubt and the constant fear of not being good enough, convinced it would all be taken away from him.
The star decided to make some major changes.
He said: “I don’t have the stomach for it any more… The celebrity narcissism. I started to crumble. But then I started to wonder why I wanted to do this in the first place.
“And I decided I’d 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.”
He speaks openly about the horror of facing his child’s cancer diagnosis in a major new interview with the Mail on Saturday: “You just want to die. I don’t even know how I was breathing.”
Bublé says he concentrated on his family and nothing else. Married to Argentinian model and actress Luisana Lopilato for seven years, the pair have three children, sons Noah, five, and Elias, two, and new baby daughter Vida Amber Betty, who is 11 weeks old.
Noah is now in remission and Buble rediscovered the joy of making music simply for the music, freed from all his previous doubts and worries.
He said: “Now I’m just singing the music I love. Maybe when you let go, maybe that’s when it comes back to you. Like love.
“There are three reasons I wanted to do this album: One, because I felt a debt of gratitude, deeper than I can explain, to the millions of people all over the world who prayed for us and showed us compassion. That gave me faith in humanity.”
“Two, because I love music and feel I can continue the legacy of my idols. And three, because if the world was ending – not just my own personal hell but watching the political turmoil in America and watching Europe break up – there’s never a better time for music.”
But then the superstar dropped a huge bombshell.
He added: “This is my last interview. I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”
Only time will tell if he is serious, but it is clear Bublé is a changed man.
Michael Buble’s new album Love will be released on November 16
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