Modern Latino Bruno Mars, AKA Peter Gene Hernandez, Talks Cocaine, Sex and Hispanic Last Name To GQ Magazine

Modern Latino Bruno Mars, AKA Peter Gene Hernandez, Talks Cocaine, Sex and Hispanic Last Name To GQ Magazine
Peter Gene Hernandez known by his stage name Bruno Mars, was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a Puerto Rican father and Philippine mother who were musicians. Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood.

Bruno Mars had an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, but then signed with Atlantic in 2009. He became recognized as a solo artist after lending his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. He also co-wrote the hits “Right Round” by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan.

In March 2013, Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars second album reached the top of the Billboard 200.  In only 12 weeks since the release it became the #1 album in America.

In the same month, Bruno Mars lands the cover of GQ Magazine. Mars has a candid interview with the magazine and discusses his incident with cocaine, his Hispanic last name and the inspiration for most of his music: sex.

The interview begins with Mars talking about his new smash hit “Locked Out of Heaven.” Mars says that this is one of the many songs on his new album about sex,

“It feels good to sing about,” he said. “It feels … sexy. It puts you in a sexy frame of mind. It feels good to project. Sex is a great party starter.”

The interview continues with Mars’ witty banter about sex, fans and his lack of vocabulary. After revealing that he does in fact love to “shock the world” with his music, Mars gives us another shock. Burno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, he was born 27 years ago to a Puerto Rican Jewish percussionist from Brooklyn and a singer and dancer from the Philippines who met in Hawaii.

People from the music industry tried to pigeonhole him as another Latino artist, and even convinced him to sing in Spanish. Mars recounts how music execs would tell him: “Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do the Latin music, this Spanish music … Enrique [Iglesias] is so hot right now.”

Ultimately, he ended up using his childhood nickname Bruno, and changing his last name to Mars, in an effort to “avoid being stereotyped,” GQ magazine writes.

To read the full interview, click here

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