Of course Bruno Mars has dealt with the rumor mill over the years but there’s one that won’t leave his mind: the rumor that he supposedly changed his name to hide his heritage.
While speaking with Latina he took the opportunity to clear the whole thing up. He explained,
“I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.”
So how did he get the name “Bruno Mars,” you ask?
“My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. The real story is: I was going to go by ‘Bruno,’ one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that.
Mars also takes issue with the fact that people claim he only makes music for one demographic, mainly other Latinos (which is, frankly, ridiculous). If you’ve turned on the radio in the last couple years you could easily hear a Bruno song playing whether it’s “Runaway Baby” or “24K Magic.”
“I see people that don’t know what I am, and it’s so weird that it gets them upset. It’s an oxymoron—the music business; like the art business. You’re making a business out of these songs that I’m writing. And how are you going to tell me that this song that I’m writing is only going to be catered to Puerto Ricans or to white people or only Asian people. How are you going to tell me that? My music is for anybody who wants to listen to it.”
You tell ‘em, Bruno!