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GA Voice - - Outspoken -

I’m sur­rounded by the gay com­mu­nity. I mean, that’s just my life. I’m an artist, and so I’m sur­rounded by other artists. And ev­ery­one from my hair stylist who lives with me on the road to (my stylist) Jeff Kim, who puts me in my suits ev­ery day – I mean, god, the ques­tion isn’t who’s gay? The ques­tion is, who isn’t? (Laughs) And by the way, the ones that seem the most ma­cho, they’re prob­a­bly gay.

Now would be a good time to talk about how your wife, Luisana Lopi­lato, thought you were gay when she first met you.

(Laughs) Yes, she walked in this room with a man, and the man was so good lookin’ that he made Brad Pitt look dumpy, so I as­sumed they were to­gether. I nat­u­rally as­sumed that this was her boyfriend or her hus­band, so I re­fused to hit on her. And lis­ten, it didn’t help that she didn’t speak English ei­ther at the time. Not a word. But the more I drank that night, the more brazen I got about try­ing to find out what the sit­u­a­tion was be­tween them. Fi­nally, af­ter two hours – and I don’t know how many shots and glasses of whiskey – I fi­nally said, (ef­fects a drunk slur) “You guys are such a beau­ti­ful cou­ple,” and he said, “We’re not to­gether.” He said, “She came be­cause she likes you.” And at the same time, she was on the phone tex­ting her mom say­ing, “Oh my god, Michael Bublé is all over my friend. He’s so gay.”

She knows you’re straight now, right?

(Laughs) I as­sume so. I mean, af­ter the Michael Bu­ble’s re­cently re­leased ninth stu­dio al­bum is called “No­body But Me.” (Cour­tesy photo) kids. Also, I as­sume she thinks I’m not gay when ev­ery night I say, “Mm­mmm?!” and she says, “No, I have a headache.”

If a gay cou­ple asked you to sing any

of the songs off this new al­bum at their wed­ding, which would you sing and why?

Aww. I think maybe “The Very Thought of You.” And to be hon­est with you, man: I don’t care if it’s a gay or a straight or a black or a poor wed­ding – love is love. And I think that would be a re­ally beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic first dance.

Is it true that your Un­cle Frank and Un­cle Mike, who have been to­gether for over 40 years, taught you ac­cep­tance and open-mind­ed­ness?

With or with­out them, the truth is, my fa­ther and my mother were so pro­gres­sive, and I’m so lucky that my fa­ther just made it very sim­ple. He just said, “It’s na­ture. A man can love a man and a woman can love a woman, and this doesn’t just hap­pen with hu­man be­ings – it’s sci­ence. It hap­pens in na­ture. It hap­pens with al­most ev­ery an­i­mal.” Hav­ing two boys of my own who I love more than I’ll ever love my­self, I can’t tell you how crush­ing it would be if they couldn’t feel that they could tell their fa­ther that they were gay – or dif­fer­ent in any way. To me, (be­cause of them), it just be­came a much big­ger is­sue.

If one of your sons were to come out to you, how might you re­spond?

With noth­ing but love. And I’m not say­ing that to you be­cause it’s you or the mag­a­zine. It’s be­cause I love them, man. I love them so much that I just want them to be happy. My goal in life is to make them beau­ti­ful, happy hu­man be­ings, and if that’s who they are – be­cause I’m killed, just dev­as­tated, when I hear peo­ple say- ing they “choose.” “Choose”? What are you fuck­ing talk­ing about? You don’t choose. It isn’t a choice. It is ge­netic.

And I un­der­stand some peo­ple have an is­sue with the whole mar­riage thing and the sanc­tity of this word “mar­riage.” I mean, I don’t get it, but I can choose to lis­ten to their point and hear it. I don’t agree with it. I al­ways joke, ev­ery­one jokes: Why can’t gay peo­ple be just as mis­er­able as straight peo­ple who are mar­ried? But lis­ten to me, we are in a world – a dan­ger­ous world – right now, and if you’re not stand­ing up against in­tol­er­ance, then you’re for it. God, I sounded like George W. fuck­ing Bush right there, holy shit. “If you’re not with us, you’re against us!”

As an ally with a mas­sive plat­form, it’s im­por­tant for you to say that for this move­ment to move for­ward.

I agree. And you know what, I think peo­ple are so afraid of los­ing fans.

Are you afraid of that?

No, no. I’m not. Be­cause you know what, years from now, when my kids grow up and they read this, they’re go­ing to be proud of their fa­ther be­cause their fa­ther was on the right side of the line.

There are a lot of peo­ple, and time does this, who are go­ing to be se­verely em­bar­rassed for their bias and in­tol­er­ance. And they’re go­ing to have to live with that; that’s go­ing to be their legacy. I refuse to have that as part of my legacy.

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