Bruno Mars Talks Mom’s Death, Kanye West’s Diss & More In Rolling Stone Magazine
Bruno Mars has officially started the promo train for 24K Magic. After doing a sit down interview with Apple Music, the R&B singer-songwriter covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, where his hair shines effortlessly, as he wears Versace from head to toe in front of a pool.
Inside his cover story titled How Bruno Mars Found His Deeper Groove, the 31-year-old spoke on playing the Super Bowl twice, Beyonce, being dissed by Kanye West, and gets personal as he speaks on the death of his mom.
He also spoke on his studio fight with Adele for the song All I Ask, and poses for photographer Mark Seliger. Take a look at the excerpts below:
ON UPTOWN FUNK: “Coming off the biggest song of my career, it was super-daunting to come in here. I don’t know if people are going to love this shit. I don’t know if radio is going to play it. But what I don’t want to have happen is I put it out and say, ‘Damn it, if I’d just done this and this, maybe it would have had a shot.'”
ON BEYONCE AND HER CHEETO’S: “Me and Beyoncé were both working on our diets, stressing out. Then the day before, we’re watching playback backstage, and she’s eating a bag of Cheetos. I’m like, ‘That’s what you’re doing?’ She’s like, ‘There’s nothing more we can do these last two days. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. So I’m gonna enjoy this bag of Cheetos.'”
ON BEING DISSED BY KANYE WEST: “What he said wasn’t a sting. You can come at me all you want — I’ve set myself up for that. But I am my own biggest critic. Whatever anyone says to me, they don’t know shit. But me and him, we’re cool.”
ON HIS MOM’S PASSING: “To this day, I don’t know how to handle it,. That piece of your heart is just gone forever. I don’t even know how to talk about it with you. It’s a nightmare. It’s literally a nightmare.”
ON FIGHTING WITH ADELE IN THE STUDIO: “We were aiming for that big, diva, ballad thing – that’s what I envisioned,” Mars says. “But ‘lovers’? I don’t know if anybody really says ‘lovers.’ ‘Yeah, we’re lovers.’ ‘This is my lover.’ I was like, ‘Should we rethink that?’ But [Adele] was so gangster about it. She was like, ‘Nope. That’s what it has to be.’ And she was right. It’s this grand word that makes the song bigger because no one says it. Because nobody talks like that, it pops out. It’s not ‘what boyfriends-and-girlfriends do’ – it’s this over-the-top ‘lovers.’ Sometimes I play it on the piano, and I look forward to singing that part. It’s f*cking perfect…Don’t try to be cool. Let it be what it wants to be.”