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Bruno Mars is undoubtedly one of the most talented entertainers in the world right now. Here's all the info you need to know about the American singer-songwriter.
Like Prince before him, Bruno isn't one one of the tallest popstars. He is 5ft 4in, or 1.65m tall.
Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez. His father nicknamed him after the professional wrestler, Bruno Sammartino.
Bruno's uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and he encouraged a three-year-old Bruno to perform on stage. He performed songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, and The Temptations. Aged four, Bruno began singing five days a week with his family's band, The Love Notes, and became known for his impersonation of Elvis, becoming known as 'Little Elvis'. He was also interviewed by Jonathan Ross for a Channel 4 show aged just four.
Bruno was born on October 8, 1985. He celebrates his 33rd birthday in 2018.
Bruno was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot. His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Ukraine and Hungary), and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, and was of Filipino, and some Spanish, ancestry. His mother died in 2013 at the age of 55 from a brain aneurysm.
Bruno has scored many worldwide hits. In the UK, he has scored 10 top five hits: Just the Way You Are, Grenade, The Lazy Song, Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic, Finesse (with Cardi B), Nothin' On You (with BoB), Billionaire (with Travie McCoy), and Uptown Funk (with Mark Ronson). So far, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Not only is Bruno a talented singer and dancer, but he also plays the drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar.
Bruno was the headline performer at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on February 2, 2014. The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared as special guests, and it was the first Super Bowl halftime show headlined by a performer under 30. It was the most watched halftime show in the history of the Super Bowl, attracting 115.3 million viewers. Two years later, he returned for the Super Bowl halftime show as a guest alongside Beyoncé and headliners Coldplay.
Bruno Mars's net worth has climbed to around $110 million (£78.1m), according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Bruno began dating model Jessica Caban in 2011. As of 2018, the pair remain a couple, and live together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills with a Rottweiler named Geronimo!
Bruno's brother Eric, has often served as the drummer for his backup band, The Hooligans. Their sisters, Tiara, Tahiti, and Presley, as well as cousin Jaime, make up the girl group The Lylas.
Before becoming a solo artist, Bruno was a celebrated music producer and songwriter. He wrote songs for Alexandra Burke, Adam Levine, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. He also co-wrote 'F*** You' by Cee Lo Green.