Michael Bublé Opened Up About His Son’s Cancer – And Revealed The Traumatic Impact It Had On Him

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Michael Bublé lived through a parent’s worst nightmare after his toddler son was diagnosed with cancer. Naturally, the harrowing experience changed his world forever. Now, the singer is opening up about the darkest time of his life – and the undeniable impact that it left on him.

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Bublé was born on September 9, 1975, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. As a young child, he loved to sing and dreamed of doing it professionally. So when he was a teenager, he began performing at venues.

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The singer later created an album that he paid for himself, and in the year 2000 it was obtained by Michael McSweeney, who had seen him sing at a party. McSweeney was an aide to former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who later hired Bublé to sing at the wedding of his daughter. One of the guests at the reception was Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, known for working with stars such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

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This chance meeting turned out to be Bublé’s big break, and his self-titled first album was released in 2003. After gaining popularity in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, promotional appearances helped to turn the record gold in the United States. He had further success with his second and third albums, It’s Time and Call Me Irresponsible.

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Today, Bublé is known across the globe for his powerful singing voice. He has four Grammy Awards to his name and has sold more than 75 million records. His 2009 album Crazy Love spent two weeks at the top of the US Billboard 200, and his 2011 holiday album Christmas topped the charts for five weeks.

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Bublé was once engaged to actress Debbie Timuss, until their split in 2005. That same year, he met Emily Blunt and they began a three-year relationship. When they broke up in July 2008 the musician began dating Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato.

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The couple got engaged in November 2009 and married in Buenos Aires in March 2011. Bublé and Lopilato’s first son, Noah, was born in August 2013 and they then welcomed son Elias in January 2016. However, a few months later they announced some heartbreaking news.

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Bublé confirmed that elder son Noah was battling cancer and receiving treatment in the United States. “Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well,” he wrote on Facebook. “We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing.”

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Noah was diagnosed after doctors discovered a tumor in his stomach, and so the three-year-old started to receive treatment for liver cancer. In February 2017 Bublé and Lopilato gave an update on Fcaebook on how he was doing. “We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy,” they shared.

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The couple thanked fans for their support and prayers and added, “He has been brave throughout and we continue to be inspired by his courage.” Two months later, Lopilato revealed at a press conference that Noah was in good health. “Thank God, my son is well,” she said.

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Now, Noah is in remission. But the profound experience that the family went through has left a lasting impact on Bublé, who has since returned to work with a new album. As he was filming a special Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden for a fundraiser, it became evident just how much the star had been affected.

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During the sketch for Stand Up To Cancer, first broadcast in October 2018 on the UK’s Channel 4, Bublé and Corden sang some of the musician’s hits together while driving around Los Angeles. They also discussed Bublé’s weight loss and famous singing voice, and at one point Corden’s father Malcolm joined them and played the saxophone. However, after plenty of laughter between the two stars, the talk turned serious.

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Corden, who has three children of his own, asked Bublé what it was like to go through Noah’s battle with cancer. And the singer became emotional as he relived the trying time. “It is so hard to have to acknowledge it because it’s so painful to talk about,” he said. “But obviously we got his diagnosis and that was it, my whole life ended.”

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Bublé admitted that it wasn’t looking good for his son at first. “It is too hard to talk about. Basically, they just said that it wasn’t great and so we just took it day by day,” he revealed. The 43-year-old added that they had an amazing medical team, and both his and Lopilato’s families relocated to California, where Noah received treatment at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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“We all moved and we lived at CHLA and we just had the best doctors,” Bublé shared. Corden then asked how he managed to stay strong despite the terrifying circumstances. And the singer confessed that it wasn’t easy.

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“It’s weird, man. I’m not okay,” Bublé said. “When this all started, I became the strength to somehow pull us and lift us and to be positive. When they got [the cancer] out and the chemo was done and they said, ‘We did it, he’s good, he’s okay,’ I just fell. My wife picks me up now.”

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Bublé added that Noah, who is now five-years-old, is a big fan of Spiderman and Superman. But the star tells his little boy, “They are not real. You’re a superhero. You are my hero, my real superhero.” The moving edition of Carpool Karaoke, which has been viewed more than seven million times, ended with a hug between Bublé and Corden.

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Bublé also used the time to ask viewers to donate to Stand Up to Cancer. “When you give that way, the universe gives right back to you,” he said. “There’s hope and treatments and there’s medicines that haven’t been discovered and will be discovered because of you.”

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The star added, “You think you’re one little person who can’t change [anything], but all of us can completely make that huge difference. And if you do it and you save just one little person, that’s it. That’s what life is. That’s all that this is. It’s simple.”

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Bublé’s latest album, Love, was released on November 16, 2018, and he will be touring to promote the record in 2019. And in July 2018 the singer also welcomed a daughter, Vida, into the world. And the following month, he told Stellar magazine, “My wife and I, we got happy, we fell in love again.”

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