Milestone birthdays are the perfect time to reflect on your place in life and the things you've achieved, both in your career and family life. So in honour of Canadian crooner Michael Bublé turning 40, we’re looking back on his storied career, headline-making relationships and adorable family.
The singer married Argentinian model Luisana Lopilato, 28, in 2011 and together they have a two-year-old son, Noah. The couple announced they are expecting a second child in the cutest way possible: having Noah break the news to the camera in a video posted on Michael’s Facebook page in July.
And his professional life is no small matter either. The Burnaby native has six Juno awards to his name and four GRAMMYs, with a rabid fan base that can't get enough of his jazzy tunes.
We've rounded up 10 life lessons to glean from Michael's career and life.
1. Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way you originally planned.
Growing up, Michael split his time fishing and singing in nightclubs (his dad was a fisherman and grandfather a shipbuilder). Naturally, he felt that he would follow suit. “I made a lot more fishing, that’s for sure!” Michael joked to George Stromboulopoulos in 2014. He did love the fact that he spent most of his time outdoors during his childhood.“I was really blessed—even as a kid I felt like I was getting a really cool perspective on life and I was getting to do things that other kids my age would never get to do. I spent tons of time up in the forest with my dad, finding cool lakes and stuff, sitting on the bow of the boat, watching porpoises swim along with you. It’s very cool to grow up like that.”
2. The language of love has to be learned.
Michael studied Spanish to be able to speak to his beautiful Argentinian wife, Luisana Lopilato, in her mother tongue. And because “[I’m] crazy about her and I think I wanted her to realize that it was real and that she wasn’t just some girl for me," he told television personality Kris Aquino. He reportedly practiced the Spanish translation of "Will you marry me?" over and over again so that he could propose in her native language. The two became engaged in November 2009 and married in Vancouver in May of 2011.
3. You never know how you’ll react when you meet your idols—even if you’re famous.
“I met the Queen of England, but I freaked out more when I met Oscar the Grouch!” Michael confessed to Us Weekly.
4. It takes having your heart broken just once to learn how to handle your relationships with care.
“I was a jerk and I was careless and reckless with the hearts of women I was with,” the Burnaby-born crooner told eTalk. “And I got my karma. I earned it. I got my butt and heart kicked and it hurt me enough that I looked in the mirror and I didn’t want it to happen again.” This comment quickly prompted references to Michael’s high-profile split from Emily Blunt, for whom his song “Everything” was written.
5. “The reason to be a good guy isn’t for the person you’re with, it’s for you,”
the “Haven’t Met You Yet” singer continued. “That sounds weird but I like me better now. I’m happier now. I’m better at what I do, I’m better on stage because I’m not pretending to be the guy I want to be.”
6. You know you’ve made it when you serenade New Yorkers on their morning commute.
Really. Clad in a tux and tie, Michael surprised lucky subway riders with an acapella performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You”, at the 66th St. Lincoln Center station in 2013. “That is the coolest thing ever,” he gushed to the crowds. “Singing in the New York subway—that is when you know you made it.”
7. The secret to his success over the past 15 years.
It's the “beautiful people that loved me unconditionally”, and have stood by Michael’s side throughout. “Now when I go on stage it’s bliss… Before that curtain opens I sit and I say thank you universe, God, it makes me better, more vulnerable.”
8. There really is no place like home (let him go home).
Despite jet-setting around the globe—including Paris and Rome—it’s clear that Michael’s biggest fans are the ones always by his side. “I woke up to this when I walked outside this morning,” Michael posted on Instagram with a photo of balloon’s that spelled out “Best Dad” on Father’s Day. “Thanks Luisana Lopilato. You make me feel very loved.”
9. No matter how successful and famous you are, sometimes your adorable kids outshine your spotlight.
When choosing to announce that he and Luisana are expecting their second child, Michael gave the honour to his son, Noah, in a video posted to his Facebook page. In the clip, Britney Spears’ “Oops!…I Did It Again" plays in the backdrop as Noah points to his mother’s stomach. When Michael asks “Who’s in there?”, Noah proudly announces, “baby!”
10. Marry someone who knows how to surprise you.
Especially on your 40th birthday. With your closest family members and friends. And a party that's circus-themed. With your name will be spelled out in lights. And the icing on the already-sweet-enough cake? A soirée that takes place weeks before your actual birthday to ensure that you are thoroughly surprised. “Tonight my wife Luisana Lopilato and my family surprised me with anamazing EARLY 40th bday paataay,” Michael wrote in an Instagram post. Well played, Luisana.