Schlager singer Michael Buble took a break from the spotlight after his son’s cancer battle, but now he’s back with his best album yet
It’s fair to say that Michael Bublé has had a rough run in recent years.
The Canadian crooner endured a horrific ordeal in 2016 when his then three-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer, hepatoblastoma.
Michael, 46, and his wife, Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato, 34, were obviously devastated but never gave up hope and are over the moon that their little boy – now eight – is cancer-free after rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“Of course I’ve been through a lot. When I made the last record [in 2018]my son was in remission and I wasn’t ready to come back,” he exclusively told Notebook.
“I didn’t know that at the time, but mentally I was so unstable and vulnerable. I made a safe record with producers I liked and I was just trying to protect myself and hold on to my career.
“But I’m feeling really good now and I was ready to go – like that huge burden had been lifted from me. My son was healthy, my children and wife were good, life is good. Why wouldn’t I just want to explode? set an incredible record?”
The couple are expecting their fourth child this summer and are happy with the way life is going.
After taking time off work to be with his son, Michael turned his attention back to writing and creating music during the pandemic, collaborating with megastars like Sir Paul McCartney. And now he’s finally ready to get his new music out, with his latest album Higher being released last month.
The singer, who is also the father of Elias, six, and Vida, three, tells us about his wife’s excitement about being pregnant again.
“We’re due in late summer – I think. I’m bad at this stuff,” he says.
“We are so excited; overwhelmed but excited. I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl. For me it’s the same.
“I love having boys and wrestling. And I love watching Matilda for the 50 millionth time. I think it was more me than Lu [who wanted another baby]. She wanted more and then she changed her mind. Then she changed her mind again! Love is expensive, but it’s worth it.”
And Michael explains how his kids have been more involved in his latest music.
Well, I was about to shower the kids when my eight-year-old son Noah said, ‘Dad, I wrote a song,'” Michael tells us, “and he sang, ‘When you go low, and I go high. ‘ And I said, ‘Wow, that’s really good, where did you hear that?’ He said, ‘No, it’s in my head.’
“A few months later I sang it to my co-writers and they looked up and said, ‘What was that?’ Thirty minutes later we had Higher written, which is maybe one of the greatest songs I’ve ever written. Turns out he’s a lot more talented than me!”
Michael tells us the inspiration behind his album Higher – which differs a bit from his other music.
“A few conversations had a massive impact on me. One was with Ed Sheeran. He said, ‘You know, Mike, I’ll just say yes.
“And I was like, ‘Wow, that sounds like a really scary but awesome thing.’ Then another friend – my co-writer and musical director – said: “Dude, you’ve made such great records for the last 20 years – wouldn’t it be fun if you made a record where you took someone else a little bit leaves the control so that your audience gets a new impression of you?’
“I thought, ‘I never really thought about that.’ So I started reaching out to producers I love and within two months I wanted to make the best record of my life.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/michael-buble-says-so-unstable-26726257 Michael Buble says he was "so unstable and vulnerable" when his son Noah, 3, had cancer