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With can't-miss pop hitmaker Bruno Mars gracing the cover of the latest GQ, the magazine took advantage of their time with the "Locked Out of Heaven" songwriter to clear up some issues with his 2010 arrest in Las Vegas for drug possession.

Mars explained why he lied to the officers by telling them he'd never used drugs before with this lovably blunt response: "I was really drunk."

Whether or not you like that response, you can't argue with his candor.

"I don't know where that [excuse] came from," Mars said. "A lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing." Despite his hazy memories of the arrest—which reports say was due to his possession of 2.6 grams of cocaine—Mars told GQ he's definitely learned from the experience.

"I wasn’t thinking," Mars repeatedly told the reporter. "You're a kid experiencing life in f-cking Sin City, and that was the lesson: It can all be taken away. Put you in a weird place. Embarrass you."

"Sex is a great party starter."
-Bruno Mars, 2013

Elsewhere in the interview, Mars was asked about crafting "Locked Out of Heaven," a No. 1 hit that's very directly about the vagina. "It feels good to sing about," Mars said. "Sex is a great party starter." Wait, that's how his parties start? Then what the hell do they do at the end of the night? Engage in awkward small talk? Girl, we're gonna talk about your job and family 'til the break of dawn.

When the men's mag tried to grill him further about his ode to what he has called "da pussay leche," Mars sent the interviewer flying out of his orbit. "You're not listening to it right if you're picking it apart like that. You know? I can't overthink everything I wrote or worry about that kind of stuff. Hopefully people should know. There's no blasphemy. Or insult to any religion. It's just f-cking poetry, whether you believe me or not."

We're not so sure about it being poetry, but when the results are as joyously catchy as "Locked Out of Heaven," we're happy to go ahead and call him Fuse's Poet Laureate.