Canadian crooner Michael Bublé said his entire outlook on life changed following his 5-year-old son’s diagnosis with liver cancer in 2016, a tragic update he received from his wife just minutes before he was scheduled to perform in London.
“Listen, I am different,” the Grammy-winning singer told People in an interview published this week. “You don’t go through big things in your life, dramatic things like I’ve gone through, or my wife has gone through, without it having an effect on you.”
Noah, who was 3 years old at the time, is Bublé’s oldest son with 31-year-old wife Luisana Lopilato.
Bublé immediately stopped performing, and his entire family moved to California, where Noah received treatment for his cancer, including chemotherapy. Both Bublé’s and Lopilato’s extended families relocated to Los Angeles.
The “Crazy Love” singer said he has “superheroes” in his life, referring to the friends and family members who rallied around him and his wife. The treatments were successful and Noah is now in remission.
But the entire ordeal truly changed Bublé, a father of three.
“I don’t think I feel very nervous for anything anymore,” he said, noting he now sees the world from a different place. “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.”
While Bublé said he needed to step away from music for a season to be with his family, he is now happy to return with a new album titled “Love.” The famous entertainer wrote one of the songs on the album, “Forever Love,” for his kids.
He noted he will still be traveling and touring, but plans to scale back the number of performances he gives.
“It’s important not to lose sight of what makes you most happy, and what makes me most happy is being with my kids,” Bublé explained. “I want them to have that steady kind of presence in their life.”
In late October, during an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” Bublé told host James Cordon that he is thankful to Jesus for his eldest son’s remission, noting the entire saga remains “too hard to talk about.”