Peter Gene Hernandez aka Bruno Mars recently appeared on the cover of Latina Magazine’s February 2017 issue.  In this issue he opened up about his Puerto Rican pride.

“I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I f*cking 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. 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.”

Aside from addressing his critics, The “24k Magic” singer spoke on the loss of his mother. When asked if his music has changed since she passed, his response was:

“My life has changed. She’s more than my music. If I could trade music to have her back, I would. I always hear her say, ‘Keep going and keep doing it.’”

Check out the February 2017 issue of Latina Magazine to read the full article.

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