We already know that Bruno Mars is sexy as hell, but it never hurts to be reminded of that fact over and over again. The “24K Magic” singer graces the cover of WSJ magazine’s men’s fashion issue, and it will make you want to put your Versace (or, you know, your H&M dress) on the floor. In addition to looking so good in the photos, Bruno, who recently wowed the world with his Prince tribute at the Grammys, opens up about everything from his upcoming world tour to his epic Carpool Karaoke session with James Corden.
See interview below.
On his style: “The style stuff all comes from watching my dad — the pinkie rings, the pompadour, everything. My dad would take me to school in some big, busted-up Cadillac, and he’d be wearing a rhinestone jacket and have his hair all whipped and greased up, flashy glasses, and I was like, ‘My dad’s not like the other dads at school!’ I’d try to get out of the car, zoom out. And now I’m the one driving the busted Cadillac, wearing some gaudy sh*t, and it’s what makes me happy.”
On his upcoming world tour: “I want the show to be powerful, because people spent some money on a ticket. I’ve seen Prince and Michael Jackson; those are nights I will remember forever. I’m not doing my job unless I leave a piece of me everywhere I go — if you do the right show, it will stay with people and they’ll tell their kids about it. I hope people can see what I was feeling when I made the records. Then I want to go beyond their expectations and fly.”
On growing up with musical parents: “If you took your kid to school with you every day, and you were studying rocket science, he’d probably be a rocket scientist. So that’s just it — my dad and mom took me to work every single day, and I got to see what it’s like to entertain an audience. I got to entertain everybody who came to Hawaii — a roomful of people that didn’t speak English, from around the world — and to see what music can do, and how it can bring the world together.”
On not endorsing random products like other celebrities do: “I just don’t want to feel gross. It’s as simple as that. I don’t want to feel gross, I don’t want to regret any decisions. Even if I turn down a sweet check because I don’t want to be on that billboard, hawking some shit to the world — I just don’t need to do that. Because you get one shot at this. I’m not a model. I’m not an ice skater. I’m not a chef. I’m here to do music. And I want to be able to look back and say, ‘Yeah, I did it the way I wanted to do it.’ Whether it triumphs or fails, I can live with that.”