Heartbroken Michael Buble quits music following son Noah's 'life-changing' cancer battle
The music legend explained that the heartache he endured following his son's cancer diagnosis at just three years old has changed his 'perception of life'.
Canadian-Italian singer Michael Buble has announced that he has officially retired from music after his son Noah's battle with cancer. In what the 43-year-old singer claimed to be his "last interview" with Daily Mail, Buble revealed his decision to quit the industry after the harrowing ordeal.
Noah's cancer diagnosis at the tender age of three changed Michael's "perception of life" and he is now done with fame, he explained. While Noah, who is now five years old, is currently in remission after a long struggle with liver cancer, the ordeal has caused Buble to question his career in show business, Daily Mail reports.
Recalling Noah's devastating diagnosis, he said: "You just want to die. 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. My wife was... I'm sorry, I can't make it to the end of that sentence." The singer has three children with his wife, Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato, 31, namely Noah, the eldest son, 2-year-old Elias, the younger son, and their two-month-old daughter Vida.
As soon as Noah was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, both Michael and Luisana left everything and jetted to the United States for his treatment. Michael used to make the "best of the situation" and made it fun for his little son during hospital visits, he recalled. Buble says this is the right time for him for step away from music, with a new album "Love" on the way. Also, he says he wants to leave at the "very top" after having made the "perfect record."
The 43-year-old music legend was unable to control his emotions as he reflected on his fame and admitted to becoming "embarrassed by his ego." "I don't have the stomach for it anymore. The celebrity narcissism. This is my last interview. I'm retiring. I decided I'll 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 continued: "Why are we here? Is this all there is? Because if this is all there is, there has to be something bigger. My whole being's changed. My perception of life."
Once Noah's condition had improved, the Just Haven't Met You Yet singer made a comeback into showbusiness. However, the devastating impact the ordeal had on his family has made him realize that family comes first. Following the release of his upcoming album, Buble is set to retire from music completely.
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror's Notebook Magazine, he said, "I'll never put the ego of the job ahead of my family. It's the reason I've been gone for a couple of years. There was never a choice [when Noah was ill]." In the same interview, Michael revealed that he thought he would "never make music again" after going through the "worst possible thing you could hear as a parent."
While Michael told his manager that he wanted a "10-year sabbatical" to "hang out" with his family after the release of his latest album, he misses his bandmates. The award-winning vocalist said he was able to come up with new music after reconnecting with his band, whom he had invited over to his house for "drinks" and "pizza". Buble is set to appear with James Corden on Carpool Karaoke in a special segment filmed for Stand Up To Cancer. The singer-songwriter has won four Grammys and sold a staggering 75 million records.