“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.” –Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a half-Filipino, half Puerto Rican born as Peter Gene Hernandez to Puerto Rican dad Pedrito Hernandez and Filipina mom Bernadette San Pedro Bayot. Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother was a singer.
He rose to success back in 2010 after his hit song ‘Just the Way You Are’ made it to the top of the worldwide music charts. He then won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, his first Grammy, back in 2011.
He spent most of his earnings in building a home for his mom and provided his family with everything they needed. His mother was his inspiration and his source of strength. So when his mom died of a brain aneurysm on June 1, 2013, Mars was devastated. Still, he didn’t let her passing bring him down, tweeting some days later: “So thankful for all the love during the most difficult time in my life. I’ll be back on my feet again soon. That’s what mom wants, she told me.”
He added: “You just gotta know that she’s with me everywhere I go. It’s something that you can’t imagine—the pain and the things that you keep going back to: ‘I wish I would’ve done this or said this.’ You just have to see life differently. It shows you the real importance of life. Nothing else matters in this world but family and your loved ones.”