Michael Bublé says life is bliss now and he just wants to kiss his kids all day
Michael Bublé is a man who knows exactly how to captivate his audience. Even though it’s just an audience of one today, that’s no reason to dial down his irresistible charm.
‘Thank you SO much for giving up your time to see me!’ he beams by way of introduction. He doesn’t just pose enthusiastically for a selfie at the end of our interview, he whips the phone away and begins recording an impromptu message for my kids and husband.
On paper it’s cheesy as hell, yet in person his warmth feels as natural as the sun sliding out from a cloud.
Michael himself is, of course, a man who’s just emerged from the darkest days of his life. Two years ago, his eldest son Noah, now five, was diagnosed with liver cancer , and the Canadian singer and his actress wife Luisana Lopilato put everything on hold while their little boy underwent treatment in the US.
Thankfully, Noah is doing well, and has even been able to come on this trip to London, where his dad’s launching his latest fragrance, Peony Noir – an appropriately smooth and sexy blend of bergamot, coffee, rose and sandalwood.
Life certainly smells very, very sweet right now to Michael, 43. He’s recently become a dad of three , with baby daughter Vida joining Noah and two-year-old Elias, and he’s returning to showbiz a changed man.
‘Honestly, what a beautiful life it is for me,’ he smiles. ‘I thought I might never make music again. I knew if I came back into this world it would have to be bliss.
And it is. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here. For two hours a night, you can forget how tough and cynical the world is and just dance with me. To me, that’s true joy.’
You sing about love, but are you romantic in real life?
I think I’m as romantic as any guy. I don’t know if I’m that great on birthdays or Valentine’s Day, or with cards or remembering an anniversary. But I think romance is in the little things. It’s in showing someone you love them. In my life, romance is being sensitive enough to see that my wife can use a break. My most romantic gesture isn’t something we do together, it’s when I can take the kids off somewhere and she can go get her nails done.
You sound like the dream husband…
There are so many times when my wife would say I’m an a**hole. She’d say, ‘Romantic? Mike, you are romantic my ass!’ I think I’m a little too intense sometimes. I came from a really loving, tactile family, we’re really emotional, so sometimes even my kids are like, ‘Too many kisses! Dad, get off!’ But that’s just what I’m like. It’s partly why I’m good at what I do on stage, because I really love the emotion.
What makes you happiest in life?
My family. People will always tell you what you need to do, that the kids need to go to this school, or do this or that, but the other day my wife said, ‘Mike, our children are happiest when we’re all just together as a family.’ So screw what everyone else thinks. We’ll do what we have to do to make that happiness happen.
How do you manage to get the balance right?
My job takes me all around the world, but I’ll never put the ego of the job ahead of my family. It’s the reason I’ve been gone for a couple of years. There was never a choice [when Noah got ill]. And now, as I sit here talking to you, my son is here in the hotel, having lunch, and we’ll soon be playing football. I moved all the furniture out of our hotel suite, so it’s just two goals.
You’re now a dad to a little girl too, how’s that?
There are some diaper changing issues! I don’t know if I’m going to be this really protective dad. But I’m so close to all my kids, I couldn’t love anything or anyone more than them. I do just want to kiss them all day.
You’re a sex symbol, but how do rate your own looks?
I think my looks are probably not my greatest gift. I don’t care. Honest to God, I try not to look in the mirror. With what I’ve been through in my life lately, I’ve gained a perspective that’s made me feel vanity really isn’t worth my time. I’m no better than anyone else, I’m still conscious of my insecurities. Would I love to be more handsome and taller and have bigger muscles and all that? Yeah of course. But a beautiful woman fell in love with me so it was good enough for her. I’ll take that.
What do you find beautiful in a woman?
Physical beauty all goes away eventually, you know. As I’ve gotten older what I’ve found attractive about the opposite sex has become far less about looks and far more about a sense of humour, confidence, happiness, self-deprecation. Those are the things that are really sexy to me.
You’ve just launched a new fragrance, By Invitation Peony Noir. How do you want a woman to feel when she wears it?
Well, I want a woman to feel happy, self-assured, fulfilled and confident, even without putting ANY fragrance on. I’d love it if my fragrance was this magical elixir potion that could bring that level of confidence, but the truth is, I hope it’s the cherry on top of an already happy person. I would love to lie to you. Boy, I would sell a lot more fragrance if it did! But I just think it’s a really pretty scent.
What are your guilty pleasures?
I have a strange time with the definition ‘guilty pleasures’. Because everything they call a guilty pleasure is something that’s awesome. I don’t think this is a guilty pleasure because there’s nothing uncool about it but I love The Greatest Showman. That soundtrack always gets me and the kids dancing around the kitchen.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say, ‘What people think of you is none of your business.’ I’ve learned that now. It’s been a hard lesson but it’s allowed me to truly enjoy my life. I don’t read anything that has my name in it. I have no social media, and I will never go back to caring what other people’s perceptions of me are. I know who I am.
Do you have any regrets?
Honestly I regret that I did care for so long. I regret that I allowed people on the outside to have any impact on my sense of self or satisfaction in life. I wonder if I should be more forgiving of myself. Those are the chinks in my armour that made me this person I am today. They allowed me to make music and get on stage in front of these beautiful souls and connect. This isn’t fake. I have no room for the bullshit of just trying to sell anything, myself or anything. I just want to be happy – and I am.
What would you like to be remembered for?
People won’t remember the music, but I’ll be remembered through my kids and their kids. My legacy will be the love I leave for them.
Michael Bublé By Invitation Peony Noir EDP is available at Michaelbubleperfume.com , £55 for 100ml
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