Don’t let Michael Buble’s busy schedule fool you. When it comes to priorities, the Canadian crooner won’t even try to hide that family always comes first.
In a new interview to celebrate his new sold-out world tour, the 43-year-old Burnaby, B.C. native shares his new out-look on life after his son Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016.
“I don’t even think about my career,” Buble told USA Today, saying that aside from his family, everything else ranks “zero” on the scale of things to care about.
“It’s going to sound sloppy, but I remember sitting there and thinking, ‘Why the (expletive) am I worried about all this (expletive)? That’s what I was worried about? What people thought of me, or the numbers of something? That’s (expletive). That doesn’t matter,” he revealed. “It allows you to enjoy the little things in life and not be so (expletive) busy worrying how many likes you got, or how much money you made, stuff that makes you go, ‘Oh God, what was I thinking about?’”
With Noah, now 5-years-old and currently in remission, Buble is making sure he schedules family time into his schedule. In fact, for every three weeks of his tour, Buble will spend at least two weeks at home with his wife Luisana Lopilato, Noah, and his two other children, 3-year-old Elias and 7-month-old daughter Vida.
“It's literally the most financially irresponsible way to tour because it's much better to go off for longer periods of time and keep everybody out there and keep the gear and the crew,” Buble explained. “But that doesn't matter to me. This is the best of both worlds. I can't go out there and be happy if I'm not with the family. And what's really nice is they're coming with me on this tour.”
Although he’s excited to be stepping back into the spotlight, he admits he toyed with the idea of retiring from music all together.
"When I was gone, I never knew if I would come back," Buble recalled. "And I remember that my promoter had told me, he said, ‘Michael, if you do decide to come back, you have to prepare yourself. One of two things is going to happen. Either absence makes the heart grow fonder, or it's out of sight, out of mind.’ He’d worked with many of the greatest artists in the world, and when they had gone away for whatever reason, sometimes, they didn't ever get to come back."
For Buble, his return since taking time off to focus on his family and his son’s health has been overwhelming.
"Do you know how many people walked up to me on the street yesterday? I went to Disneyland yesterday with my kids, and how many people walked up to me and put their hand on (me) and said, 'We prayed for you?'" he said. "It was sad because you have to relive a lot of stuff, but at the same time, it gave me faith in humanity and the goodness of people."