April 29 is arguably the most important day on the internet. Why? Because it's the day that a not-yet-famous Bruno Mars looked surprised to see Pete Wentz, the bassist of a band called Fall Out Boy, which is currently far less famous than Bruno Mars. In this timeless image, the history of 21st-century music is told.
Everyone online loves the photo, for obvious reasons—there's something so innocent about Bruno standing aside as a pop star stares meaningfully into a camera lens. But was Bruno actually "surprised" or "excited" or "shocked" to see Wentz, as so many people describe it? Not according to an interview he gave on 104.3 MYFM this week. I guess it's true: We really can't have nice things.
Yes, it turns out that Bruno—innocently leaving a lunch with friends in LA—was simply stunned by the rudeness of paparazzi who had shoved him out of the way so they could get a shot of somebody he only later learned was Pete Wentz. Although there is a happy ending here: the two musicians later met and hit it off.
Still, it goes to show that everything on the internet is a beautiful lie.