Bruno Mars Looks Back On 2010 Arrest: ‘I Was Young’

Singer opens up to GQ about the night he was found in possession of narcotics in Las Vegas.

Bruno Mars might be locked out of heaven these days, but back in September 2010 Mars was locked up in Las Vegas.

But now, with two and half years since he was found in possession of narcotics while at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the 27-year-old chart-topper is finally opening up about what went down that night.

“I was young, man! I was in f—ing Vegas. I wasn’t thinking,” he tells GQ about the arrest, adding that when it happened “I wasn’t thinking. Oh yeah, just like any other human, anyone that’s ever been arrested before: ’Yeah, dummy’ … I was given a #1 record and I’m out doing dumb s—.”

At the time, Mars was launching his solo career and riding high off the success of “Just the Way You Are.” And, when he was arrested, he told police officials he hadn’t done anything like that before. Now, he says he’s not even sure why he said that, but also won’t comment on whether it’s true. “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.”

Since the arrest, Mars has made it clear that he’s grown up a lot since 2010 through his more mature-sounding music like 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox. On the album, and its lead reggae-filled single “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Mars sings about love and relationships in a more aggressive, sexual way than he had on his debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

“I’m not going to be the same person I was this year, so that’s going to come across on my next album, and the album after that and the album after that,” he told MTV News in December. “No matter what happens to the record, whether it blows up or two people buy it, I need to feel like I gave it all I’ve got. I know it’s a little cheesy, but I genuinely feel there’s no more that I can give; this was everything I had, everything I’ve learned and this is the music I love, and I’m proud of it. That’s how I wanted to walk away from this second album.”

With so much focus of his edgier lyrical content on his relationships with women, Mars has noted that maybe someday he might focus on other kinds of subjects, autobiographical or otherwise. “You know what? I sing about girls, ever since I was this big, that’s what I do,” he shared. “I’m not there yet … to sing about politics and, you know, this is what I want to sing about, and this is what I know. I’m not going to preach what I don’t know. As much as I love [2 Chainz’s] ’All I Want For My Birthday …’ this is where I’m at.”