NME Festival blog: Michael Bublé says he is quitting music after his ‘perfect’ new album

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Bublé re-evaluated his life and priorities after his son recovered from cancer

Michael Bublé says he is retiring from music following his forthcoming album ‘Love’ after his son’s battle with cancer forced him to re-evaluate his life.

Bublé’s son Noah was diagnosed with cancer at just three years old and is now in remission. However in a new interview with The Daily Mail the crooner said that he is now “retiring from the business”.

He said that the hardship meant that “My whole being’s changed. 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.”

As a result Bublé says that he has had enough of fame. “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.”

Before the diagnosis Bublé admitted he was obsessed with ‘celebrity narcissism’. “I’d lost the joy and at some point…  I was starting to lose the plot. 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… But then I started to wonder why I wanted to do this in the first place.

“But the diagnosis made me realise how stupid I’d been to worry about these unimportant things. I was embarrassed by my ego, that it had allowed this insecurity,” he continued.

He concluded that he wanted to make one final record out of ‘gratitude’ to fans who “gave me faith in humanity,” to “continue the legacy of my idols,” and  “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.”

Bublé also revealed that he will star in an upcoming episode of James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke.

He ended the feature by saying: “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”


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