Freddie was always very open about his abiding love and devotion for Mary. Many fans and even close friends and family were shocked when the Queen star left the largest part of his huge fortune to his ex-girlfriend. They had split up 15 years before his death in 1991. Yet, according to him, she remained the “love of my life”. This was one of the reasons Freddie left so much to her and not his final boyfriend, Jim Hutton. But there was another major factor, too.
In a new updated release of the book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, the rock icon’s greatest interviews and quotes have been collected into a form of autobiography.
He reveals why he left so much to Mary: “The only real friend I’ve had is Mary. She will inherit the bulk of my fortune.
“What better person to leave it to when I go? Of course, my parents are in my Will, and so are my cats, but the vast bulk of it will go to Mary. If I dropped dead tomorrow, she’s the one person I know who could cope with my vast wealth.”
But then he casually went on to drop another major surprise.
Freddie added: “She’s in charge of all my money and possessions; the chauffeurs, maids, gardeners, accountants and lawyers. All I have to do is throw my carcass around on stage.”
He’s not talking about the provisions in his will, when Mary would receive his home, One Garden Lodge, the bulk of his wealth and half of all his future earnings from Queen.
Freddie appears to be saying Mary was the person he entrusted with the day-to-day management of his life and finances.
The film Bohemian Rhapsody showed how Freddie kept Mary, continuing to live close to each other, years after they had separated as a couple. And it seems he needed her for more than moral and emotional support.
Freddie said; “Even if we are not together at the time, I talk to her a lot on the phone. She’s about the only person I can think of. Otherwise, I just fend for myself and I cross my hurdles in my own way…”
“There have been only two individuals who have given back as much love to me as I gave to them: Mary, with whom I had a long affair, and our cat, Jerry. My bond with Mary seems to grow and grow. If I go first, I’m going to leave everything to her. Nobody else gets a penny – except my cats. They deserve it…
“I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me through. She only lives about two minutes from me. I still see her every day and I am as fond of her now as I have ever been. I’ll love her until I draw my last breath.”
And he did…