all fake superheroes. I know that you like ’em, but they’re fake… they’re drawings.’ I say to him, ‘ You’re a real superhero, Noah.’”
few weeks ago, on July 25, Bublé and Lopilato welcomed Vida Amber Betty Bublé, their first daughter. She joined twoyear-old Elias and Noah, now almost five and in remission. Recalling the time Noah’s prognosis started to improve, Bublé marvels, “Food never tasted so good, music never sounded so good, my relationship with my family, my faith… all of it. My wife and I, we got happy, we fell in love again. We saw the very worst and also the best of each other. I don’t know that [having another child] was purposeful, there was just so much happiness and this incredible sense of relief. I know my wife wanted to have a girl. That was huge for her. After the doctor told us and I said, ‘Lu, it’s a girl!’, she was shrieking. We want a big family – I don’t think we’re even going to stop there.”
It wasn’t just babies Bublé got back to making when Noah’s health was on the mend. (“It’s cancer,” he points out, “so you have to do check-ups, but we’re so grateful and positive.”) Amid a surge of renewed creative energy, he returned to music, first writing a song about his sons. “I haven’t seen a therapist. I made a record. My therapy was that record. I just didn’t want to talk about it. I felt better praying and making a record, being at that altar.” The new album, due later this year, reunites the singer with David Foster, the producer behind the albums that launched his career. “It’s the greatest record I’ve ever made,” he enthuses. “Forget every other artist who’s said that! You will know. You’ll hear it. The clarity I discovered [after Noah’s diagnosis] allowed me to find the joy I had at the start of my career – the kid who couldn’t believe he was getting to do this. That joy is back.”
With Noah in recovery and a new album in the can, the next step is a return to live performance. After outdoor events in Dublin and London, Bublé will play a one-off Australian show to farewell Sydney’s Allianz Stadium in October. “I see my career differently now – as this wonderful bonus on top of a life that is already fulfilled. It sounds strange, but not caring really helps. I care that people get value for money from the tickets they pay for; I’ll break my arse out there and give everything I have. But a massive weight comes off when you know you’re not going to read the reviews. I refuse to put my name into Google; it makes life a lot happier.
“It’s going to be something I need to remind myself. I told my wife, ‘Hey kid, keep me grounded. If you see me losing my way, remind me what’s important.’ Family comes first. In the scheme of everything, the health of my children is number one. In the future, we’ll have decisions to make as far as the best way to tour as a family.”
When Bublé told Lopilato about the upcoming jaunt to Australia, she quickly replied, “We’re all coming.” It was just a quick visit, he explained, and it would take a long time to get here. They’d also have three small children in tow. “She said, ‘Deal with it!’” he recalls with a laugh. “I love her.”