As Michael Bublé chatted on the red carpet as one of seven inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame, the crooner's shared his fierce love for his country and excitement over his next album, which he says took him "out of [his] comfort zone." But two people were absent from the festivities: Michael's gorgeous wife, Luisana Lopilato, and two-year-old son Noah.
"My wife is doing a shoot right now, I think she's doing ads for a movie" he told Hello! before the show. "She's pregnant and spending the last amount of time that she can before she comes to Vancouver and can't travel anymore because we're due late January."
But geographical distance couldn't keep the 40-year-old and his Argentinian love apart, especially on such a momentous evening, and Michael shared his plans to have her by his side. "My assistant is going to call her on Facetime when I make the speech so she can be with me."
Michael was in good company at the Sony Centre ahead of the induction ceremony, accepting his permanent place in Canadian history (to be etched in the sidewalk at King Street West and Simcoe Street) alongside sportscasters Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, Olympian Silken Laumann, late actor Lorne Greene, author Lawrence Hill and actress Wendy Crewson, all recognized at the Walk of Fame's 17th celebration.
"This is a huge honour, showing up and being inducted alongside legends and icons like this means a lot," the "Home" singer told reporters. "And especially in a country that means everything to me.
"I think that we're a country of compassion and kindness, great intelligence, subversive humour. I mean, there's a lot to like about being Canadian!" he continued. "There's a reason why when I travel to 60 countries, the people that I go with from other countries stick Canadian flag stickers on their bags."
Canada's Walk of Fame now recognizes 161 of the country's greatest talents, including Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and William Shatner.
But will Michael bring Noah back to see his star in person? "Of course I will, absolutely. Not that he'll care [laughs]."