Canadian crooner Michael Buble says he
grew up in a gay-supportive community, but that it was just a bubble.
The Grammy-winning singer said his
parents never hid the fact he had gay uncles and instilled in him
early on that being gay was okay.
“My uncle Mike has been with my uncle
Frank, they've been a couple for 35 years,” the 35-year-old Buble
website Matthew's Place.
“And so I grew up never seeing a
difference between gay and straight people. Also, I grew up in
Vancouver, that has one of the biggest gay communities. So of
course, growing up in music and theater all my friends or most of my
friends were gay or bi.”
“The thing is … I lived in this
bubble, where because I came from this city that was completely
tolerant and understanding, I thought that's just how it was.”
Buble added that ending bullying
against gay teens was the responsibility of straight and gay people.
“I think it's gotta start in the
home. It's gotta start with parents talking to their kids and
explaining to them that it's OK, and that they can stand up for their
friends, and that there's nothing to be embarrassed about.”
“Kids don't grow up with hate. They
don't know hate. They're taught hate and we just need to educate
them,” he added.