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Michael Buble death threats: How an 'innocent' elbow to wife Luisana Lopilato led to a maelstrom of hate

Luisana Lopilato revealed that her husband received death threats for elbowing her on an Instagram Live video and feels worried about her family's safety
UPDATED MAY 16, 2020
Luisana Loreley Lopilato and Michael Buble (Getty Images)
Luisana Loreley Lopilato and Michael Buble (Getty Images)

When singer Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato decided to do their bit to entertain their fans during the ongoing pandemic, little did they know of the backlash and threats that awaited them. The singer and his model wife decided to entertain their fans by reading children's storybooks during the quarantine on their Instagram live. In one of the live sessions, when Luisana spoke over her husband, he got annoyed and elbowed her. He immediately followed it up by pushing her close to him and hugging her, which led to her apologizing to him.

When fans saw the bizarre interaction between the couple, they felt that the singer was being too "harsh" and "aggressive" towards his wife and soon began expressing their concerns for Luisana. Things got worse when in an earlier video, he could be heard declaring to his wife that she is dead to him, after she got a couple of minutes late for their filming. Fans perceived it as a regular pattern of behavior in their household and called out the singer for his remarks.

A few other fans took the matter a bit too seriously and reportedly made death threats against Buble. In an interview with the Argentinian talk show 'Intrusos', the model revealed how the aftermath of the video affected their family. She said, "We received a lot of love from people but you wouldn‘t believe the amount of people who sent me photos with weapons saying they were going to kill Mike when he reached Argentina, photos of knives from people laughing and saying they were going to cut off his fingers, leave a bomb for us or give him a beating. It made me afraid and I still feel a little bit frightened."

"It's not nice to receive death threats. There were a lot of threats. The positive messages we received outnumbered them but I am worried for my family. I suffered a lot with what happened. It caused Mike a lot of pain too," explained the model about the death threats against her husband. Michael's publicist issued a statement shortly after the incident clarifying that the couple has nothing but love for each other. "Anyone who watches them on Facebook live every day can see that this is a beautiful partnership filled with love," expressed Michael's spokesperson. He also added that any allegations made against Michael would be perceived as a "failed effort of cyber bullying" against the couple. 

Michael and Luisana have been married since 2011, and share three children together. Following all the backlash heaped upon her husband, Luisana herself took to her Instagram to declare that she loved her husband and defended him in a now-deleted post. She wrote, "It's incredible how some people are!! While we are in the middle of a pandemic, and living our lives under quarantine, angst, fear, loneliness, and uncertainty of all kinds! [I] come out every day with my husband to try to do [Instagram] lives to bring some happiness, entertainment, longing, and we have to put up with, hear and see what people with ill intentions are posting without knowing anything about our family and after all the pain that we have experienced, I want you all to know that I have no doubts about who my husband is and that I would chose him again a thousand times over!"