Up in the Captains Room at Rogers Arena a room full of journalists, reporters, cameramen, and photographers patiently wait for Canadian superstar Michael Bublé.
Bublé finally breezes into the room over an hour behind schedule.
“Hi everyone,” he says with beads of soundcheck sweat rolling down his face.
“Thank you all for coming. It’s beautiful to be home,” says the charming Burnaby native as he cracks a warm smile.
The media circle and close in on Bublé.
“I feel like a hockey player; I feel like I should be on a bike right now,” he chuckles.
Truth is if things hadn’t worked out Bublé could have found himself on the outside of the scrum with a mic jammed in someone’s face looking to get a good story. Nearly 10 years ago, after independently releasing three albums, Bublé almost pack up and headed home to pursue a career in journalism before landing a record deal.
Flash forward to 2010, Bublé’s released four studio albums, nabbed two Grammy Awards, and sold over 25 million albums worldwide making his one of Canada’s biggest exports.
“My life is so good,” says Bublé who recently had to opportunity to square off against Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a game of ping pong.
“I won,” says Bublé. “He’s a menace. I thought it was going to be a nice simple game but it turns out he had more moves than that guy from The Matrix.”
Joking and smiling with the media, Bublé admits he’s finally comfortable with who he is.
“In years past you might have seen a guy who was hiding behind insecurity. I cared about what people thought. I wanted to be more charming or funny. I’ve gotten older and more mature and I’ve become more confident in myself and in the music. It allows me to just be myself and not have to hide behind anything. It seems to just get easier.”
Bublé, who split with British actress Emily Blunt in 2008, confesses when his high profile relationship ended “it probably wasn’t the best thing in the world for me but I learned a lot from it. I came out of it and I met [current fiancé] Lu.”
Adapting the culture of his Argentine finance, actor/model/singer Luisana Lopilato, Bublé proudly sports an engagement ring – which, albeit months later, has become a media story of its own.
“This is something that’s been going on for centuries in other countries that are older and wiser than us,” explains Bublé. “I haven’t done anything new and I love that people are taking about this like I’ve created some weird thing. I fell in love with a girl who happened to be from a different country and from another culture because I love her and respect her, I went along with it.”
Halfway through the interview Bublé pauses.
“What the hell is going on?” he asks.
“I was thinking, every time I go to rub my face [photographers] keeping taking shots of me. Does he want to catch me picking my nose? Now I realize [the ring] is what you want. That’s a story! I can’t believe it,” he exclaims.
While the engagement ring stories persist, Bublé’s also making headlines for his charitable work. Last week he donated the proceeds from his Vancouver show to the BC Children’s Hospital.
Next up, Bublé is slated to re-release Crazy Love with additional tracks including his upcoming single “Hollywood ”, while continuing to tour across the world until early 2011.