Bruno Mars reveals the reason for changing his Latino last name

NBC Latino

There’s no denying that Bruno Mars is one of the hottest names in music right now but in a new interview with GQ magazine, the 27-year-old confesses that it might not have been that way if he had pursued his music career with the name he was born with: Peter Hernández.

“Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do this Latin music, this Spanish music,” Mars recalled hearing  as a teen as he began to make the rounds of music labels in Los Angeles, California. “Enrique’s so hot right now,” was another response he frequently heard.

But Hawaii native didn’t want to be labeled a Latin artist, so he changed his name to Bruno – a nickname given to him in childhood because he allegedly looked like wrestler Bruno Sammartino – and adopted the last name Mars, after the faraway planet.


Born to a Puerto Rican-Jewish father…

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