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Who are Bruno Mars' parents? Exploring his Filipino heritage

Eve Edwards April 4, 2022
64th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Telecast
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The 64th Annual Grammy Awards saw Filipino-American artists win big, with Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars and H.E.R. all taking home awards.

Sunday night’s ceremony (3 April 2022) was a clean sweep for Silk Sonic. The newly formed duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak took home all four awards they were nominated for – record of the year, song of the year, best R&B performance, and best R&B song – for their single Leave The Door Open.

As Filipino artists are celebrated at this year’s awards, some might be curious to know more about Bruno Mars’ parents and background.

Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Get to know Bruno Mars’ parents

Bruno Mars, real name Peter Gene Hernandez, was born on 8 October 1985 to Bernadette San Pedro Bayot and Peter Hernandez. He and his five siblings were born and raised in Hawaii.

Bruno Mars’ mother, Bernadette, was born on 14 August 1957 in Manila, Philippines. She later moved to Hawaii, where she would go on to meet future husband Peter Hernandez. The couple met when Bernadette was working as a hula dancer and Peter was a percussionist in their band.

Peter Hernandez was born in Brooklyn, New York City, and is of Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Besides his work as a percussionist, Hernandez opened an Elvis Presley museum in Hawaii while also performing in a 1950s-style Doo-Wop group.

On his website, Hernandez describes this as an “oldies but goodies show” in which he impersonates famous performers such as Elvis.

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What happened to Bruno Mars’ mother?

On 3 June 2013, CNN reported Bernadette San Pedro Bayot died of a brain aneurysm in a Honolulu, Hawaii. She passed away suddenly in hospital. Bruno Mars’ mother was 55 years old.

A few days after his mother’s passing, Mars tweeted: “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.”

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Meet the rest of Mars’ musical family

Although Bruno Mars might be the only one in his family with numerous Grammys under his belt, the rest of the Hernandez family are also musical.

“My dad was the showman, my mom’s the singer in the family,” Mars once told CNN in an interview about his inspiring family.

Bruno Mars’ sisters – Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley Hernandez – are in girl group The Lylas, an acronym for Love Ya Like a Sister.

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Eve spends her days writing about everything culture-related. From celebrity news to music, film and television, Eve covers all bases. When she’s not writing you can find her making music or mastering the art of homemade pasta.