Freddie Mercury, as he memorably sang, desired “Somebody to Love,” whether it was a wife, girlfriend, partner, best friend, or something else entirely. The famous Queen vocalist was adored by his inner circle just as much as he was adored by the rest of the world.
He was also a romantic at heart, but he struggled to make significant connections at times. “I am adored by thousands, but I feel like the loneliest guy in the world,” he famously declared.
Mercury’s sexual orientation was a difficult aspect of his love life, which he downplayed to varying degrees throughout his life and was a central subplot in the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody.
That film gave many fans their first glimpse of Mercury’s long-term connection with Mary Austin, a woman he’d never legally married but referred to as his “wife” long after he’d told her he was gay, effectively ending their romance.
Despite this, the film just scraped the surface of Mercury’s various relationships. According to those closest to him, he was a lover and friend to many, but the main love of his life loved itself. Continue reading to learn about Freddie Mercury’s “wife,” lovers, and relationships prior to his tragic death in 1991 from AIDS.
Did Freddie Mercury Love Mary?
Austin was Mercury’s favorite city. “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible,” he stated of their relationship. I just have Mary as a friend, and I don’t want anyone else. She was my common-law wife to me.
It felt like a marriage to me.”Mary was extremely important to him because she was there when he made the adjustment to being gay and she stood by him,” Mercury’s personal aide Peter Freestone told Express of Mercury’s devotion to Austin.
More than anything, Freddie felt terrible shame for what he had put her through in 1975 when he called off their engagement and told her the truth about himself. However, I believe it is noteworthy that
he eventually gave Mary the mansion as well as half of his future revenues from the Queen. That was his feeling for her.” Austin was the subject of Mercury’s Queen hit “Love Of My Life.”
Who Was Freddie Mercury’s Girlfriend?
Mercury was never formally married, although he was wedded to Austin for a long time. They met in 1969 when he was 24 and she was 19, through bandmate Brian May.
According to Biography.com, Austin grew up in a low-income family in south London; her father worked as a wallpaper trimmer, while her mother worked as a domestic. Her parents were also deaf.
Mercury and Austin’s relationship evolved at a breakneck pace, and they reportedly moved in together soon after. Then, on Christmas in 1973, the same year that Queen’s self-titled debut album was released, Mercury proposed.
“He handed me a large box… There was another box inside, then another, and so on. It reminded me of one of his amusing games. “Eventually, I discovered a stunning jade ring inside the last small box,” Austin told the Daily Mail in 2013.
“I was taken aback. It wasn’t at all what I had anticipated. “I just said, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.'” However, before walking down the aisle, they called off the engagement. “I told him, ‘Something’s up, and I’m feeling like a noose around your neck.’
“I believe it is time for me to leave,” Austin once told OK! magazine. Mercury eventually admitted to Mary that he wasn’t straight as a result of this. Austin ended up leaving their joint home and moved into a nearby home that Mercury had purchased for her.
“She went on the road with them,” Mercury biographer Mark Blake once said of the pair. Backstage at concerts, they were photographed together until the late 1970s, when they were no longer in a relationship.
To all intents and purposes, he was a gay man. It’s an intriguing aspect of their narrative that they lived together as a couple, with her expecting that they would marry at some time, and then having to deal with the fact that he was sleeping with men.
And they stayed friends for a long time after that. She remained a member of the band’s entourage because she was a member of his. She was the most significant member of the group.”
“I lost somebody who I felt was my lifelong love,” Austin remarked of Mercury’s death, despite the fact that they are never married. I believed we’d had a marriage when he died.
We’d kept our promises. In sickness and in health, we’d done it for better or worse, for richer or worse. You couldn’t let go of Freddie until he died, and even then it was difficult.”
After Freddie Mercury’s Death, What Happened to Mary Austin?
Austin took care of most of Mercury’s affairs after his death at the age of 45, including the burial of his ashes, which is kept a secret to this day in accordance with his deadly intentions.
She said that she was initially troubled by his legacy and fortune. “Oh Freddie, you’ve left me with too much and too much to deal with as well,” she told The Daily Mail.
“I felt like I wouldn’t be able to live up to it.” He’d warned me that the house would be more difficult than I anticipated. I’m glad he did because I slammed into jealousy like a bullet train from Japan. “It’s excruciating.”