Bruno Mars Admits to Changing His Latino Last Name to “Avoid Being Stereotyped”

Will the real Peter Hernandez please stand up? In the latest issue of GQ Magazine, Bruno Mars admits to dropping his Latino last name to make it in show business. In the cover story, the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer reveals that he felt like the music industry was pigeonholing him into a Latin music career due to his given name.

“[Their response would be:] Your last name's Hernandez, maybe you should do the Latin music, this Spanish music... Enrique [Iglesias] is so hot right now,” confessed Mars. He ended up adopting his childhood nickname Bruno and switched up his last name to Mars to “avoid being stereotyped.”

Since his start in 2006, the Puerto Rican pop star has reportedly sold over 40 million singles worldwide. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, topped Billboards Hot 100 for six weeks in a row. Would he have sold fewer albums as Hernandez?

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