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Bruno Mars: Hardship made me who I am

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Bruno Mars: Hardship made me who I am

Bruno Mars feels the hardship he faced as a young boy made him into the musician he is today.

The 'Count on Me' singer and his father and brother were forced to make anywhere home after his parents divorced and for some time lived in a cabin, on top of buildings or in the back of a car.

Speaking on 60 Minutes, he said: "My dad was just the king of finding these little spots for us to stay that we should never have been staying at ... It didn't have plants growing inside. I don't know what happened to the roof. But the bed would be right there in the middle.

"We'd all sleep in one bed. We had each other, and it never felt like it was the end of the world. Maybe that's why I have this mentality when it comes to the music. Because I know I'm going to figure it out, just give me some time."

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old singer previously revealed being dropped from a record label made him who he is.

He said: "[Those days] sucked, but in a beautiful way. Without getting dropped, I might not be here. All of these things you have to go through. It ain't easy. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.

"The worst absolute moment was telling everybody I got dropped. I'm broke. I'm in debt. Walking into a room saying, 'Yeah, I'm a signed Motown artist,' then walking in and saying, 'I'm a dropped Motown artist.' But I'm not blaming anybody over there.

"Sylvia Rhone gave me a deal and the timing wasn't right. I had to go through this journey. I had to meet Jeff [Bhasker] and beg him to come play at Pickwick's Pub on Ventura with me. I had to sing these songs and gig. I was 20-years-old. I wasn't even supposed to be in these places probably."