Singer Michael Buble has shocked fans after allegedly announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry in the wake of his son’s battle against cancer. Noah Buble was just three years of age when he was diagnosed with liver cancer back in 2016. The youngster has since undergone a season of grueling treatment, and, despite making a miraculous recovery, Buble revealed that the whole ordeal has caused him to rethink his career priorities.
“My whole being’s changed since my son got cancer,” the famed singer told the Daily Mail of his family’s awful experience. Buble, who has sold a staggering 75 million records worldwide recalled the absolute horror of seeing his own child suffer from such a horrific disease.
“You just want to die,” he said. “I don’t even know how I was breathing.”
“My wife was the same and even though I was the stronger of the two of us, I wasn’t strong,” he continued. “My wife was… I’m sorry, I can’t make it to the end of the sentence… let’s just say we find out who we are with these things.”
The “Haven’t Met You Yet” singer, who has an estimated net worth of around $50 million, admitted that his son’s illness made him question the very meaning of life.
“Going through this with Noah, I didn’t question who I was, I just questioned everything else. Why are we here?” he said.
“Is this all there is? Because if this is all there is, there has to be something bigger.”
The singer explained how he attempted to make the whole experience “fun” for his son, despite the abject turmoil the family was going through at the time. “Every day I got extra bedsheets and I’d build a tent for Noah. I just made the best of it. Survival,” Buble noted.
Incredibly, Noah is now cancer-free. But Michael noted the fact that this experience has changed him forever and has transformed his outlook on pursuing fame and fortune. “My whole being’s changed,” he said. “My perception of life. I don’t know if I can even get through this conversation without crying. And I’ve never lost control of my emotions in public.”
Despite the media whirlwind that surrounds a musician of such prominent status, Buble said that the press had actually been very good to him during his son’s illness. His record label, too, did not heap any pressure on his shoulders during the uncertainty of Noah’s treatment. “In those two years my record company never asked me what the plan was. They said, ‘We love you and we’re praying for you,'” Buble explained.
The vocalist explained how, over the past few years before his son’s diagnosis, he had become obsessed with the critical voices, and was concerned about the direction and prosperity of his music career.
However, following the dreadful news about his son, he realized just “how stupid he’d been to worry about these unimportant things.”
“I was embarrassed by my ego, that it had allowed this insecurity,” the singer noted. “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.”
As for fame and glory, Buble simple said: “I don’t have the stomach for it anymore.”
Clearly, Buble is questioning the very tenets of the entertainment industry and the allure of money and success in light of such a traumatic life evenet. However, following his interview, a representative for the singer was quick to point out that Buble is not quitting on music for good. “Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” Liz Rosenberg, Michael’s publicist, told INSIDER. “I wasn’t sitting in on the interview but this must have been taken out of context.”
“Perhaps as he discussed the different emotions he’s been through these last few years, that thought might have gone through his mind,” Rosenberg continued, before noting, “I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”
Pray for Michael and his family as they enter into this new season of their lives.
(H/T: Daily Mail)