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Bruno Mars Spills His Guts to GQ Magazine

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Bruno Mars talks candidly about his cocaine arrest and about songwriting in the April issue of GQ, in which he covers.

In 2010 he was busted with cocaine in a hotel bathroom.

“I was young, man! I was in f*cking Vegas. I wasn’t thinking.”

“I was given a number one record and I’m out doing dumb sh*t,” recalls Mars.

“I don’t know where that came from. I was really intoxicated. I was really drunk. So a lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing.”

About his hit song, Locked Out of Heaven:

“It feels good to sing about. It feels… sexy. It puts you in a sexy frame of mind. It feels good to project,” says Mars, adding, “Sex is a great party starter.”

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And on songwriting in general:

“You know how hard it is to write a big song? That sh*t is hard, man. It’s so hard to do. Might be one of the hardest things ever to do.”

“I don’t ever want to come out with something safe and get away with ‘It sounds good!’” he explains. “It’s got to be more than sounding good. The music I like are events.”