I think that most people not only know who Freddie Mercury is but they could even name a fact or two about him as well. Just in case you have been out of the loop for the past several decades, however, he was the lead singer for Queen, perhaps one of the greatest rock bands of all time. He had a personality that went along with his lifestyle, both of which were larger-than-life. You may even know a little bit about his lifestyle but there is likely something that you are not familiar with.
One of the things that Freddie Mercury discussed was about ‘the love of his life’. It probably isn’t what you were expecting but rather, he was talking about a woman named Mary Austin. In fact, he says, “The only friend I’ve got is Mary and I don’t want anybody else.” He seemed to stay in the spotlight for his entire career and still shares the spotlight years after he passed away. There is even a new movie, Bohemian Rhapsody that shows us more about his life behind the scenes.
When Mary met Freddie, she was 19 years old. Freddie’s actual name is Farrokh Bulsara. Mary was working in a fashion shop in Kensington, West London in the early 1970s. She saw the ‘wild looking artistic musician’ walk into the shop and the rest is history. She gave a 2013 interview, in which she said: “He was like no one I had met before. He was very confident – something I have never been. We grew together. I liked him and it went on from there.”
They formed a bond after they started dating that would last for the rest of his life. The physical relationship didn’t last but their overall relationship continued to grow. She said: “our love affair ended in tears, but a deep bond grew out of it, and that something nobody can take away from us.” Freddie said that all his lovers asked why they can’t replace her and it is impossible.
Mary eventually got married to someone else and had two children. Freddie died of AIDS and gave her most of his money. “If things had been different you would have been my wife, and this would have been yours anyway,” his will said.
After he died, Mary had a variety of illnesses and stress because of the inheritance. She said that the rest of Queen may never have reconciled themselves to what happened. “I don’t understand it. Because to me, it’s bricks and mortar. I try never to be jealous or envy people.”
“Freddie was very generous to them in the last years of his life and I don’t think they embrace that generosity.… After Freddie died, they just wandered off.”
Mary often reminisces about Freddie and the life they had together. She gets emotional when she hears certain songs of his.
Sometimes they would watch video footage together of his performances as he was dying. He turned to her on one occasion and said, “to think I used to be so handsome.” She had to leave the room.
“We were never allowed to get emotional around him and that was hard. But I knew if I sat there I would have been in tears. When I returned I just sat down as if nothing happened.”
The Bohemian Rhapsody movie has taught us that there were many happy moments but some sad moments as well.