The smash hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody reminded the world of the genius of Freddie Mercury. It also revealed the deep love he had for his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin, who received the vast bulk of his huge estate after his death in 1991. On his own words, Freddie spoke movingly of their special bond, which transcended every other relationship in his life. He said: “I’ll love her until I draw my last breath.”
The rerelease of Freddie Mercury: A Life In His Own Words includes the remarkable collection of all of the icon’s major interviews and statements, gathered together in one seamless text.
It is as if Freddie really wrote his won autobiography. It is an extraordinary way to hear his voice.
He said: “There have only been 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.
I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me through… I still see hetr every day and I am fond of her now as I have ever been.”
The most heartbreaking of all is Freddie’s declaration: “I’ll love her until I draw my last breath. We’ll probably grow old together.”
In fact, in the end, Freddie left his beloved mansion One Garden Lodge to Mary, along with most of his estate and half of his future earninsg from Queen. The other half went to his parents and sister Kashmira. When dad Bomi and mum Jer died, their share is believed to have reverted to Mary, not Kashmira.
The cats, of course, were provided for.
Mary tried to persuade Freddie to leave the house as a memorial to his life and work for fans to visit, but he was determined. She revealed he told her: “If things had been different, you would have been my wife and this would have been yours anyway.”
However, on top of losing her dearest friend, Mary admitted the will brought her many problems; “Some of the fans even told me I was only the keeper of the house. That hurt. I know several of Freddie’s gay friends were surprised Freddie had left so much to me. There those who thought they should have been left the house. It was like people begrudged me having what he had left me.”
It was also another eight years before Mary received the bulk of his money from the will: “It was a worrying time. The taxman had been paid, but without the money coming through I didn’t know if I could afford to keep the house. I felt under a lot of pressure.”