Behind every great singer-songerwriter (and all of us, really) there's a mom. And in Bruno Mars's case, his mom was a guiding force and inspiration as he pursued his musical career. Now, following her untimely passing from a brain aneurysm, he's thanking fans for the outpouring of love and sympathy he's received. Yesterday, the "Treasure" singer and recent Saturday Night Live guest took his gratitude to Twitter, writing to his many followers, "So thankful for all the love during the most difficult time of my life. I'll be back on my feet again soon. That's what mom wants, she told me."
Bernadette Hernandez was more than just Bruno's biggest fan: She was a much-admired performer herself. A Hawaii resident, she emigrated to America from the Philippines and made her living working as both a singer and a hula dancer. When her son began displaying his own distinctive musical talents at an early age, she immediately encouraged him. (Perhaps that's why she was the subject of one of his first ditties: At the tender age of four, Bruno penned a musical mash-note in her honor called, appropriately enough, "I Love You, Mom." Awww!). She died suddenly last Saturday in a Honolulu medical center at the age of 55.
The silver lining: Bruno's mom got to see her talented son skyrocket to success in recent years. Even though he's just 27 years old, he's topped the Billboard chart multiple times in recent years, sold millions of albums, and has a Grammy Award on the mantle at home. His world tour kicks off later this month with a D.C. show that's already sold out. We like to think Mama Mars will be watching from above.