Singer Michael Bublé has opened up about his son’s cancer battle five years after his heartbreaking diagnosis.
During an interview on Smooth Radio, the 46-year-old Canadian crooner revealed that he and his wife, Luisana Lopilato (34), still worry about Noah’s health.
The eight-year-old was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare tumor that originates in cells in the liver, in 2016.
“It's been almost five years. So we still have the scans and the 'scanxiety', you know what, I think he's much better than we are,” Michael says.
“I think for him he's this normal little boy who knows that he's a superhero because dad tells him all the time.
“But for Mom and I, I think even though we're better it's definitely something that . . . it's there.”
He went on to say that Noah’s diagnosis led to him and his family living life differently and with more meaning.
“You know it’s funny I truly believe that when you’ve truly suffered and when you have gone through adversity it gives you an opportunity to live a deeper life. Things are tough and we’ve got to be grateful.
“I live a deep life, I love hard and I know love is expensive. I know it has a big cost, but I wouldn't have it another way. And it gives me the perspective I need to try to be a better man, to try to live a happier life and to really take moments and just to hold them because you know how lucky you are,” he added.
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Michael also detailed an encounter he had with a parent, who made him realise that Noah’s diagnosis was helping other kids who were battling cancer.
“I remember I went to a children's hospital in Vancouver and a mom of a little boy who was diagnosed with cancer actually came up to me and she started to hug me and she was crying and she said: ‘I have to tell you something even though I feel terribly guilty telling you.’
“And I said ‘Okay?’ And she said: ‘When I found out about your son, I was happy.’
“And I said ‘Oh?’ And she said: ‘No, not because your boy had it because,’ she said, ‘I thought why me? and when it happened to you too I thought well, if it can happen to him it can happen to anybody.’”
In 2016, Michael and Luisana, who also have two other kids, five-year-old Elias, and three-year-old Vida, took to Facebook to share Noah’s shock diagnosis, adding that they would both be taking a break from their careers.
“We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.
“At this difficult time, we ask only for your prayers and respect for our privacy. We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing,” they wrote.
Since Noah was deemed cancer-free in 2017, Michael has been candid about the tough journey he and his wife have gone through.
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During a 2018 interview, the Home singer likened the ordeal to hell.
“Hell seems like a really nice place to vacation compared to where we've been.
"I've been to hell. I don't talk about the whole story, not even to my friends because it hurts too much.”
Michael took to Instagram in August to celebrate the youngster’s eighth birthday.
“Today my hero turns 8! I've never met anyone as brave . . . I've never known anyone as kind or as good-hearted . . . And I'll never truly be able to express how proud I am, or how deep and profound Mommy's and my love is for you,” Michael wrote.
“You've blessed our lives in every way. We hope God blesses you on your special day.”
Sources: Daily Mail, ET Canada, People, Today