Michael Bublé has a lot to thank his fans for, including serving as the inspiration for his latest tune, “A Song for You.” The British Columbia-born crooner told Yahoo! the ballad is a message of gratitude for those who supported him and his family through his son Noah’s recent battle with cancer.
“When this happened to us, my wife and I were able to step aside from our work to go and take care of our family,” he said, referring to actress Luisana Lopilato, who he married in 2011. “And we were surrounded by so many families going through incredibly difficult things, and those families couldn’t afford to do that. And the only reason that I could afford to actually step away from work was because of the [fans]. There’s no way for me truly to express my deepest gratitude towards them. And I don’t know how else to say it; it’s overwhelming to me. I think it’ll be emotional for me for the rest of my life, to stand up in front of all of those strangers in the dark.”
Michael, who previously revealed he didn’t think he would return to music after Noah’s diagnosis, also said he came to think of his fans as family during that dark period: “They’re my equals. They’re my saviours, in many ways. Their prayers got us through nights that were impossible. And so the fact that I get to go out and show them my gratitude and my love means a lot to me.”
The singer also used the candid interview to again shut down rumours he had retired from music, and said he simply took a break to be with his family during a difficult time. When Noah’s cancer went into remission in 2017, Michael said it was time for him to head back to the studio. The result was his seventh musical special, bublé!. The primetime special will air on NBC on March 20. It will feature six songs from his eighth studio album, love, which was released in November 2018.
“When you go through something that hard and that terrible, if you can get through it, then everything seems quite easy,” Michael said. “Now I find joy in the smallest places. Because my kids are healthy, that allows me to really be grateful about everything, the small things. Life is short, you know? And that’s it. That’s how I choose to live my life now. Everything is different.”
He added: “I think for me, coming back to [music], I felt like there was a lot of power that a human being has, and that with my music, maybe I could bring some kind of peace to people — a sort of inspiration, or help somebody get through a tough moment, even if it’s as small as helping somebody just get away for a couple hours. I think that is important. And so I felt like that was kind of something that I could do, to do my part.”
After Noah's diagnosis with a rare form of liver cancer in 2016 at just three years old, Michael cancelled all his upcoming engagements so he and Luisana could help their son, who needed chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Both Michael and Luisana have spoken bravely of their experiences since their son’s diagnosis. They’ve also reflected on what the experience taught them – and how difficult it was. In an interview with Australia’s TODAY Show in 2018, Michael said he wished he had been given the diagnosis instead of his son. “It sucked and it still sucks because what we went through was the worst possible thing that you could hear as a parent and maybe as a human being,” he said.
Since Noah’s cancer went into remission, his dad has gradually returned to music. In 2018, Michael got a “do-over” at the JUNO Awards, which he hosted. He and Luisana also welcomed a daughter, Vida Amber Betty.