Michael Bublé accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (November 16) and welled up as he spoke about his wife and children.
The Canadian singer received the honour on the same day of the release of his latest studio album, Love, giving an emotional speech as he accepted it.
His wife, Luisana Lopilato, was sitting in the audience and could be seen wiping tears from her eyes as he praised her throughout his speech.
As seen on the Variety live stream, the 43-year-old thanked God for getting him the honour before going on to thank his family.
In particular his wife, who he thanked for being his ‘hero’ and his ‘rock’ – saying words cannot describe what the couple had been through together.
The longer I live, the more I realise that love isn’t free. Love has a great cost. The more you love, the more you hurt.
When I woke up this morning, I thought about that because I thought that for all of you people — all of those people who have loved me and supported me through the good times and the bad, I would risk that love a million times over for all of you. So thank you so much for that great honour today.
He is, of course, referring to the heartbreak his family have been through following his five-year-old son’s diagnosis with liver cancer two years ago.
The star went on to mention Noah and Vida, his two children, saying:
My children, who have given me a purpose for life and have made days like this even sweeter… I can truly understand how beautiful the good moments are.
Five-year-old Noah has thankfully been given the all clear, but Bublé announced his retirement from music last month, deciding to concentrate instead on his family.
The singer, who’s won four Grammys and sold over 75 million records, said he will retire following the release of one final album, Love, which was released yesterday.
Bublé said he’ll stop doing interviews, as well as stop using social media. The star revealed the news in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail, explaining he no longer ‘has the stomach’ to have a very public life.
Speaking about his son’s diagnosis and how it impacted him, Bublé said:
Going through this with Noah, I didn’t question who I was, I just questioned everything else. Why are we here? It’s been such a difficult exercise. It hurts me, and it hurts to talk about Noah because it’s not my story to tell, it’s his.
But 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.
No matter what Michael does in the future, we hope he has every success in his retirement and wish Noah all the very best in his recovery.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).