Bruno Mars denies coming out as gay

'Grenade' singer's rep says US news network made up 'false' claims about him

Bruno Mars has taken surprisingly drastic steps to dismiss reports that he’s come out as gay.

The singer’s sexuality was the subject of internet speculation on Sunday (April 1) after US website CNN posted a report that Mars had ”come out” during an interview with a Chicago radio station, reports WENN.

According to CNN’s iReport blog, Mars was quoted as saying: “The timing is bad. I hadn’t realised it was April Fool’s Day, but it’s been pointed out to me, and I don’t want to go too public with this.”

Once the report appeared online, Mars went as far as getting his representative to dismiss the claims as “completely false” and demanded that CNN take the report down.

With impeccable timing, Mars is also set to appear on the cover of the new issue of Playboy magazine. Billed as the mag’s ‘Sex And Music’ issue, Mars is pictured on the cover holding a guitar upright with an attractive model splayed beneath him. The cover line reads: ‘Bruno Mars: Makin’ The Ladies Sweat’.