Music fans everywhere know the sultry voice of Michael Buble. The Canadian crooner has been stealing hearts for over a decade, serenading us with his dulcet tones. In 2016, Buble and his wife Luisana were hit with terrible news: their toddler, Noah, had cancer.
Both Michael and Luisana stepped back from their respective careers, asking for privacy while the family struggled to come to terms with Noah's diagnosis.
Thankfully, Noah's treatment came to an end in 2017 and the young boy was progressing wonderfully. Michael decided it was time to get back in to the music world. His return didn't come without a change, though.
“The perspective came on the first day,” the 42-year-old singer shared. "The perspective came on Halloween, which was the day we got the diagnosis and it all came in one snap."
“My whole life changed and my perspective on life, my philosophical idea of what it’s all about and what matters, in one snap," he said. "And that’s a good thing, because I’m thankful for the grace, I’m thankful for the faith and I feel deeply connected to people.”
Michael and Luisana welcomed a baby girl to their family in July of 2018, and a few months later the crooner announced a new album called "❤" (pronounced love.) Fans were thrilled that Michael was on his way back to the music scene, but it seems like their hearts may be breaking soon, as it's been reported that Michael has announced his retirement from music.
Daily Mail published an interview they say is with the Grammy-winning singer, in which he talks about his son's cancer diagnosis and his retirement from music.
"Going through this with Noah, I didn’t question who I was, I just questioned everything else. Why are we here?" Michael said. "Is this all there is? Because if this is all there is, there has to be something bigger."
"But my whole being’s changed," Michael admitted. "My perception of life. I don’t know if I can even get through this conversation without crying. And I’ve never lost control of my emotions in public. I actually thought I’d never come back to the music business. I never fell out of love with music, I just needed to put it aside."
"When this terrible news came in I realized I wasn’t having fun in the music business. I’d lost the joy and at some point just before the [Brit Awards] I was starting to lose the plot," he confessed. "I’d become desperate to hold onto something I thought I might be losing, and I thought I had to do something special to keep it."
It took a while for Michael to work up to getting another album done, but his son's remission gave him the push he needed.
The two are inextricably linked, yet it wasn’t as straightforward as, 'My son’s recovered, I should make an album.'
There are three reasons I wanted to do this album.
One, because I felt a debt of gratitude, deeper than I can explain, to the millions of people all over the world who prayed for us and showed us compassion. That gave me faith in humanity.
Two, because I love music and feel I can continue the legacy of my idols.
And three, because if the world was ending – not just my own personal hell but watching the political turmoil in America and watching Europe break up – there’s never a better time for music.
This is my last interview. I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.
It seems like a legitimate reason to call it quits, with three kids at home who need their dad, but if you were looking for an official announcement from Michael's verified page, you won't find one. In fact, you'll find something that puts all this in to question. Someone by the name of Michelle R. Larsen posted in the Facebook group "The Buble Insider" saying the following:
The rumours and reports that Michael is quitting is completely false. We ask everyone to not share any of these tabloid stories and delete any posts already shared to the Buble Insider and personal pages. Thank you members! —MB Management
Larsen's place of work is listed as Bruce Allen Talent, which is the agency that represents the Home singer, but it's strange that the announcement would come from a personal page instead of an official account.
Plus, Daily Mail's interview is extremely in-depth, and one of Canada's leading news agencies, Global News, also picked up the story.
We'll have to wait for an official announcement one way or the other, but if what we're reading is true, it's a sad day for the music industry.