Michael Bublé hasn’t had an easy time out of the spotlight. The 43-year-old singer is fresh off a two-year hiatus from music, spent taking care of his 5-year-old son, Noah, who had been diagnosed with liver cancer. (He’s now in remission.) But on Nov. 16, Bublé will return with his 10th studio album, Love (styled as a heart emoji). Today, he’s finding that his re-emergence has brought a new set of obstacles, including rumors that he plans to retire from the industry. “Why would I do that?” he asks, seated at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. He’s pensive but buoyant, and more aware of both himself and the world around him. “There was a time when I lost my identity,” he says. “I’m different than I used to be. I’m much happier and much sadder, but now I’m enjoying the good times.”
You reunited with producer David Foster on the album track “When I Fall in Love.” How did you coax him out of retirement?