EXCLUSIVE: Michael Buble Chats with Ahlan!
Michael Bublé has all the charm and sophistication in real life that you’d expect. Team Ahlan! were swept off our feet by his silky-smooth vocals and he didn’t even have to sing to us. At the age of 39, Michael already has a dream home life with son Noah and Argentinian actress wife Luisana Lopilato. Professionally, he has a multi-platinum-selling career that includes hit singles, Cry Me a River, Haven’t Met You Yet and Home, not to mention a career spanning nearly two decades. Ahead of his two night performance in the UAE at Dubai International Stadium, we caught up with the charismatic Canadian, but decided to do things a little differently. Rather than ask him the standard-issue questions about his life and highlights, we put him under pressure with our quick-fire interview. Who would Mickey Bubbles pick between Beyoncé and Rihanna, Kim, Khloé and Kourtney or Jay Z and Kanye? We delved deep to find out who really is the man behind the smart suits and gorgeous smile…
What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud to have lasted this long!
Gold or platinum?
KFC or McDonald’s?
If I had to pick one then I’d pick McDonald’s.
Favourite place on Earth?
Wherever my family is.
Really? That’s a cute answer. Is it the truth or are you just saying that?
No, my family is where I feel most at home anywhere in the world.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
A night person. I come alive when the moon is out.
Winter or summer?
I’m Canadian, so winter.
Would you rather stay in and watch films or go partying?
Stay in and watch movies.
What is your most prized possession?
Favourite place you’ve performed?
It’s always the last show I’ve done.
One Direction or Justin Bieber?
Jay Z or Kanye?
What’s most horrible job you’ve ever done?
Working at Chuck E Cheese’s.
What’s your favourite magazine in the UAE?
Easy – Ahlan!
Who would you most like to perform a duet with?
I know he’s doing a lot of collaborations at the moment, but Paul McCartney would be amazing.
Beyoncé or Rihanna?
Beyoncé every time.
Is your glass half-full or half-empty?
What superpower would you want?
The power of flight.
What’s your Achilles heel?
My ego. Definitely my ego.
Michael Jackson or Prince?
Michael Jackson will always be the King of Pop.
Is Kanye West a massive idiot or creative genius?
Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston?
What’s your favourite book?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Favourite TV show?
Breaking Bad or Arrested Development.
Who was the worst celebrity you’ve ever met?
I really haven’t met one [who was awful], but that’s mainly because we’re always on our best behaviour when we do see each other.
Frank Sinatra or Louis Armstrong?
It’s gotta be Frank.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
I literally have no idea. Maybe… actually no. I don’t know.
What’s your favourite colour?
We’ve never seen you in yellow. You always wear dark colours or plain white shirts.
Yellow is my favourite colour, but thanks for paying attention to my wardrobe.
What’s your favourite food?
What would you be doing if you weren’t a singer?
I’d be doing your job as a journalist.
Can you write?
Yeah, I think so.
Great! then let’s switch roles. Next question… Kim, Khloé or Kourtney?
None of them.
Favourite pizza toppings?
Ham and pineapple.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
A Filipino egg that has the chicken in it. I think it’s called balut.
If you could master an instrument, what would it be?
Dubai or Las Vegas?
Never been to Dubai, but I’m going to say Dubai because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the place.
What’s your spirit animal?
[Laughs uncontrollably for 30 seconds] Cockroach.
You can’t say that! You’re Michael Bublé, the ladies’ man who makes women swoon. If anything we’d say your spirit animal is a chipmunk because you’re cute and a little cuddly.
OK, then, let’s go with chipmunk. My spirit animal is a chipmunk.
Favourite album ever?
When’s the last time you laughed?
When you asked me that question about my spirit animal.
How would you like to be remembered?
Hopefully as a great father and a good performer.
INFO: Gates 7pm, show starts 8.30pm, Upper Grandstand Dhs295, Lower Grandstand Dhs395, Golden Circle Dhs595, VIP Grandstand Dhs1,000, Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd, book at www.timeouttickets.com
Beyoncé’s better than Rihanna
Michael with his wife, Luisana, and son Noah
Is Bublé a chipmunk?