There aren't many bigger stars in the world of music nowadays than Michael Bublé. The Canadian crooner has sold in excess of 40 million albums across the globe but, through it all, attempts to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground.
We met Bublé during the Vancouver man's recent residency in Dublin's O2 and asked him about the debt of gratitude he owes his fans, his thoughts ahead of his impending first foray into fatherhood and his feelings towards the Emerald Isle.
By John Balfe
Michael Bublé has always felt a particular draw towards our island. Perhaps, he suggests, it's that Canadians share a special bond with the Irish - that of immediate neighbours to a rather lofty superpower; the United States in his case and the UK in ours.
"I think we're pretty cool people who take the piss out of ourselves", he explains. "We treat each other pretty well but at the same time there's a toughness that comes with being a nation of observers."
"No country in the world has accepted me like this - nowhere", continues Bublé. "I brag about this place. I played the Aviva Stadium to over 100,000 people over two nights. I'd never done that before, nor was it ever expected for a jazz singer to ever get there."
Bublé's wife, Argentinian model Luisana Lopilato, will give birth to their first child in August and the singer can't wait to become a father - he's just more than a little apprehensive about what to do once Bublé Jr comes along.
"I have no clue what I'm getting myself into", Bublé exclaims with a wry smile. "I've never changed a diaper. I don't know what the hell I'm getting into. I do know I can't wait, though."
But how will fatherhood affect Bublé's notoriously intensive touring schedule?
"I'll tour longer", he told us at entertainment.ie. "The tour will go for over two years, but to my manager and promoter's chagrin I've changed the schedule. I will no longer go for any longer than three weeks [without a break], so I will make a heck of a lot less money and so will the promoters and the managers. I've done really well and I'm a lucky boy but my family is first."
"It turns out that it's more fair to the audiences because I show up feeling great and excited and happy. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and my wife isn't kicking my ass. Sometimes it's not going to be perfect, but it'll just take me longer to get around to the 44 countries."
Stay tuned for our final installment of our Michael Buble interview series, where he talks about dealing with fame while somehow staying grounded, whether or not he'll play weddings and his thoughts on the tragic passing of Cory Monteith. You can read Buble's thoughts on Niall Horan and One Direction here.