Seven months after announcing his son Noah‘s cancer diagnosis, Michael Bublé made his first public appearance on Wednesday (June 28).
The Grammy Award-winning singer – who was accepting the National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa, Ontario, from the Governor General of Canada – spoke of the last few months, calling them an “emotional and difficult time for my family.”
While accepting the award, the Canadian crooner opened with a quote from Maya Angelou stating, “People will never forget how you made them feel.”
“My entire life has been inspired by how my family has made me feel—my wife, my children, my parents, my sisters,” he said. “There are no words to describe how I feel about you. Sometimes ‘I love you’ just isn’t enough.”
“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 honor upon me during what has been an emotional and difficult time for my family,” he continued. “I thank you for the love and support that you’ve given 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 Bublé and I’m Canadian.”
In April, the singer’s wife Luisana Lopilato addressed the media for the first time since Noah’s diagnosis.
“Thank God, my son is well. When things like those that happened to us occur, your take on life changes,” she said. “It happened to us. Now I value life much more, the now and the today. I would like to thank people for their support, for the prayers they said, for their love, and I want them to know that they reached us and that it helped us a lot to come through this.”
Admitting they are still very “sensitive” about their 3-year-old son’s health, they did find solace in their fans’ prayers.
“But the love is daily, when people stop me in the street,” she continued. “It’s wonderful to know that you’re accompanied in life and that people love you.”
Bublé, 41, and Lopilato, 30, traveled to Buenos Aires in March knowing their son was in good health. That said, the preschooler has a “long process” ahead of him.
“My son’s recovery is a long process as you all know and he has to continue with check-ups,” she shared. “But we are very happy. We are looking forward to thinking about the future, to seeing our children grow. Seeing Noah grow and being happy gave me the strength to return and finish this film.”
She added: “My faith in the fact God had a miracle helped me. I became strong so my son would get better. I transmitted that to all my friends and family. As a family we were always very united and we fought this together. We did everything we could for our son, so he would come through this.”
The Canadian crooner first shared the shocking news of their son’s cancer diagnosis via Facebook on Nov. 4.
“We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US,” Bublé wrote. “We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children. Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well. 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.”
Bublé and Lopilato – who were wed in March 2011 in Argentina – welcomed both sons (including 17-month-old Elias) in the singer’s hometown of Vancouver, B.C.