Michael Buble has suggested in an interview that he is retiring from the music scene after one final album. Though it's unclear if he was serious, and his publicist has now claimed the comment was taken out of context.
His announcement follows his son's diagnosis with liver cancer that has left him believing that he no longer 'has the stomach' to maintain a public life. He has also announced that he will no longer be using social media.
In an emotional interview with the Daily Mail, Buble said that he will no longer give interviews or release music (apart from his final album) and will concentrate on his family.
The Daily Mail story, however, suggests at the end he may not have been totally serious about calling time on his career, and his publicist has since said the story "took his comments out of context".
His son Noah’s cancer is now in remission, but Buble nonetheless feels as if he is done with the anxiety and pressure of being famous.
Speaking about the tragedy of his son’s diagnosis, he said: “My whole being has changed. My perception of life. I don’t know if I can get through this conversation without crying and I’ve never lost control of my emotions in public.
“I never fell out of love for music, I just need to put it aside.”
The Canadian-Italian singer also spoke about his last album and the reason behind it.
"There are three reasons I wanted to do this album," he said.
"One, because I felt a debt of gratitude, deeper than I can explain, to the millions of people all over the world who prayed for us and showed us compassion. That gave me faith in humanity.
"Two, because I love music and feel I can continue the legacy of my idols. And three, because if the world was ending – not just my own personal hell but watching the political turmoil in America and watching Europe break up – there’s never a better time for music."
Then suddenly he stopped in the interview.
"This is my last interview," he said. "I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top."
The Daily Mail writer then says: "Somehow, though, I don’t think he really means it."
His record Love, will be released on November 16.