Has the time come to bid adieu to Michael Bublé?
In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, the Canadian singer announced his retirement from music following his five-year-old son's recent bout with cancer. His upcoming album Love, which will be released in November, is set to be the jazz crooner's swansong.
Noah Bublé, Michael's son, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare cancerous liver tumor that starts in the liver at the age of three. Since his diagnosis, Michael and his wife Luisana Lopilato have been giving their all to fight the tumor as a family. Now, it seems as though the Grammy-winning singer is stepping away from the spotlight to focus on his family.
In the interview, Bublé chronicled the battle his family has had to face, as well as his own battle with the situaion, stating "I actually thought I’d never come back to the music business. I never fell out of love with music, I just needed to put it aside. What was hard was going to the store to buy hot dogs and toilet paper, going to the gas station. Going for a walk by the sea to clear my head. Everyone recognises me and says, “How’s your son?” When you think you’re close to getting over it you’re sucked right back into it. But at the same time I was given faith in humanity. But my whole being’s changed. 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."
He also detailed how his son's diagnosis made him take a step back and evaluate his life, saying "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. I’d forgotten that it’s about souls connecting, because I’d become so anxious. There were people in my business life saying, “If you hadn't done this or that, or you’d written a better song, tickets might be selling quicker.” I started to take all that on board. No one wanted to take any responsibility. It was much easier for people to pass the buck to me because I was insecure enough already. I would digest it and say, “It’s my fault. I’m absolutely rubbish."
Bublé ended the interview stating, "I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top."
Check out the rest of the interview here.
UPDATE: Bublé's management has commented on Michael's retirement, confirming to US Weekly that Bublé is in fact not retiring at the moment and was speaking entirely based on emotions.
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Michael Bublé's tenth and possibly, last, album Love is set to be released on 16 November 2018. Check out 'When I Fall In Love' below.