Canadian crooner Michael Buble returned to the spotlight in his first public appearance since announcing his son Noah’s cancer diagnosis.
Buble, 41, has been notably absent from public events since November when he and wife Luisana Lopilato revealed three-year-old Noah was battling cancer and the singer would be taking time off to focus on his family. Buble was scheduled to host the Brit Awards in February and the Juno Awards in April but pulled out from hosting duties as well as a performance at the BBC Music Awards.
Now, Buble is in Ottawa where he’s thanking fans and his fellow Canadians for their support during what he calls an “emotionally difficult time.”
Receiving the National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston on Tuesday, Buble gave a short speech as he accepted the honour.
“I stand here truly humbled that I have been allowed to be one of your musical representatives and that you would choose to bestow this honour upon me during what has been an emotionally difficult time for my family,” he stated during the rare public appearance.
“I thank you for the love and support that you’ve given me and for the pride I’m filled with every single time I’m able to stand on a stage and say, ‘My name is Michael Steven Buble and I am Canadian,” the Burnaby, B.C.-raised singer continued, according to the Canadian Press.
Buble was scheduled to receive the honour last year but was unable to make the ceremony, citing family commitments.
The “Nobody But Me” singer shared heartfelt emotional words to his wife during his acceptance. “There are no words to describe how I feel about you,” he said. “Sometimes, ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough because what I feel is just so much more.”
While Buble didn’t address Noah’s health, Lopilato recently told the press the couple’s son is doing “well” and they are “very happy.” During a press conference for her film “Those Who Love, Hate” in Buenos Aires in April, Lopilato, 29, gave a positive update on Noah’s health.
“It’s difficult for me to speak about this, it’s very recent and I’m still a bit sensitive about the subject. My son’s recovery is a long process as you all know and he has to continue with checkups,” she said in Spanish and translated by People. “But we are very happy. We are looking forward to thinking about the future, to seeing our children grow.”
“Thank God my son is well,” Lopilato continued. “When things like those that happened to us occur, your take on life changes. Now I value life much more, the now and the today.”