Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Michael Bublé and spe­cial guests play Al­lianz Sta­dium on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5; book at tick­

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.”

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