Michael Bublè believes his latest album, To Be Loved, is his best yet. And he owes it all to a very public breakup five years ago.
The Canadian crooner told Vanity Fair that after breaking off his engagement with actress Emily Blunt in 2008, he was heartbroken and insecure.
“I was not a happy man for many years,” he said. “I never thought I could hold a relationship. No way. Because how could anyone love me if I didn’t? That sounds like a shrink would say it, but it’s the truth.”
After the break-up Bublè began to really look at himself and realize that he wasn’t getting any younger. He told the mag that fame can stunt your growth and he knew he needed to become an adult. Bublè even started reading the self-help book The Power of Now, which is all about spiritual thinking. He says the Oprah-recommended book was something he needed at the time.
“I started reading it, and I believed in it,” Bublè explained. “I started practicing it, and it was as simple as just being in the moment and being thankful for what I had and every day trying to be grateful and to try to work on myself. It was such a slow process, but it changed my life.”
He added, “Literally. If you talk to my mom and dad, they’ll tell you that I’m a different son. I’m present.”
The reality check not only helped Bublè move on with his love life — he’s now married to Luisana Lopilato and expecting his first child — but helped him make the rawest album of his career.
“Anyone I work with will tell you that I know who I am,” he said. “I wanted to make that record that I always wanted to make. Maybe ugly, dirty, imperfect. But for me, raw.”
“On the originals, I wanted to make pop songs. I wanted to make them sound like Top 40,” he said. “I want to go compete with Timberlake and Katy Perry. I need them to get on the radio and to use Auto-Tune and effects and all that stuff because I want it to sound like a modern pop song.”
As for his covers like “You Make Me Feel So Young” or his duet with Reese Witherspoon on “Something Stupid,” he just stayed true to his crooner ways.
“I feel like I kicked the s*** out of it,” he said.