A Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, Bruno Mars is not just an entertainer but a real musician in every sense of the word. The Hawaiian-born singer whose music displays an eclectic variety of styles and influences is arguably one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Discover more about Mars who has established himself as a bonafide global superstar in a very competitive industry.
Bruno Mars – Bio
The pop star was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up in a musically inclined family, it came as no surprise that the young Bruno’s showmanship came naturally as he never wanted to do anything but sing. Mars was raised in a family where everyone sings and plays instruments and from an early age, and so, he learned to play musical instruments such as the guitar, drums, and the piano on his own without any training. Mars was born into a family of entertainers that performed a variety of Las Vegas-style revue that included celebrity impersonations.
Bruno Mars’ fearless stage presence began in his early years. His nickname, ‘Bruno’ is traced back to his days as a baby. According to his older sister, Jamie, the singer was given the moniker because he was always so confident, independent, really strong-willed and kind of a brute. At age 4, he joined the family’s musical band The Love Notes, as an Elvis Presley impersonator and continued to perform with his family throughout his childhood. He attended Roosevelt High School where he formed a band called the School Boys that performed classic oldies hits. After high school, Mars relocated to Los Angeles in search of greener pastures for his musical career. It was while in L.A that he began writing songs and also adopted the stage name ‘Bruno Mars’.
Over the years, the Grammy-winning singer has had a very successful career as he rose to prominence with hit songs such as Just the Way You Are, Locked Out of Heaven, Grenade, and Uptown Funk. With more than 26 million albums and 170 million singles sold, Bruno Mars’ stellar success and superstar status has most definitely been established in the entertainment industry.
Who Are The Parents?
Bruno Mars was born to parents – Bernadette “Bernie” and Pete Hernandez. His family was a musically inclined one as his father, Pete, was a percussionist while his mother Bernie was a singer and a hula dancer. Bruno’s father who is from Brooklyn met his mother a Phillippines native at the Hilton in Waikiki, in Hawaii. The couple later formed a family band together. Bruno has five siblings, a brother Eric and four sisters Tiara, Presley, Tahiti, and Jamie. The family act, called ‘The Love Notes’ was led by Bruno’s dad and included his mom, some of his uncles, his older sister, and brother. Some of The Love Notes performances are featured in Bruno Mars’ present-day musical style. Mars believes he inherited a lot of his stage presence from his mom.
However, the pop star’s childhood was not without struggles as his parents got divorced when he was about 11 years old and their family band broke up. After the divorce, the dynamics changed and Bruno stayed with his dad while his sisters went to live with his mom. Another major effect of the divorce was that Bruno and his family went from living the good life to being homeless as his dad lost all his businesses and sold their house. Bruno, however, admits that those formative and struggling years contributed in shaping him into one of the biggest music artists in entertainment which he is today.
Is He Married, Who Is The Wife?
Bruno Mars is known to notoriously shield much of his private life away from the public. Though the pop star is not yet officially married, he has been dating his long-term girlfriend Jessica Caban who he met in 2011. Caban is a Puerto-Rican actress and model, who designs a swimwear line called J. Marie. The pair first met in Jessica’s hometown in NYC and have been together even before Mars’ dropped his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2010.
The low-key couple who rarely make public appearances together reportedly live in a $6.5 million Hollywood Hills mansion, with their Rottweiler, Geronimo. Though Jessica is three years older than Bruno, (as she was born on June 13, 1982), Mars has, however, proven that age is no barrier to love as he proudly describes her as his ‘best friend’ and ‘rock’.
In the past, Bruno known for his signature smooth charm, sexy dance moves, and extra crazy-white teeth, has been romantically linked to other beautiful ladies including high profile stars such as singer Rita Ora, actress Chanel Malvar, and model Rocsi Diaz.