Austin inspired the beautiful song, “Love of My Life”. And to some degree, she was and always will be. But after a six-year engagement, and Freddie growing more distant than ever, Austin decided to end their romantic relationship and broke it off. She was convinced he was having an affair.
When confronted by Austin, Freddie decided it was time to tell his best friend the truth – he was bisexual. Austin, in turn, told him she was convinced he wasn’t bisexual, but gay. She told him she’d known this deep down for a very long time, but understood that Mercury was still struggling with his sexual identity. Regardless, they remained close friend for the rest of Freddie’s life.
Freddie Was Very Private About His Personal Life
Freddie Mercury was very private about his personal life. Very few people actually knew what was going on behind the scenes. Apart from his band mates, the only other person who was ever really close to Freddie was his friend, Mary Austin, which he met in 1969.
They had a beautiful relationship, based on honesty and trust. As time passed, they grew closer and fell in love. They eventually moved in together, and one day, Freddie proposed.
Freddie Was Engaged To Be Married
Mary was there from the start. She knew Freddie Mercury before he was the face of Queen, and she continued to know him well after. They got on so well that when Freddie proposed, with a Jade ring, which he placed in a box, within a bigger box, within a bigger box, Mary said yes.
They were engaged for six years, but never actually got married. Mary started noticing that her and Freddie were drifting apart, and there was something different about him. Whenever she tried to speak to him about it, he would tell her that he loved her, and said everything was fine. But finally, Mary made a decision to leave.
Mercury Meets Another "Love of His Life"
After coming out as a bisexual, Freddie started dating men and women. Until one night, in 1984, Freddie met Jim Hutton in a bar. They became close, and by 1985, were basically inseparable.
Mercury and Hutton kept their private lives to themselves. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that Hutton decided to share their story with the world, through his autobiography, Mercury and Me. They stayed together until Freddie’s death, in 1991. Hutton stayed by his side through it all.
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Almost Recorded Together
Freddie loved the Jackson 5, and was an avid fan of Michael Jackson long before he became the face of Queen. When returning from his tour in South America, Freddie almost recorded a song with the king of pop. But there was something about Jackson that didn’t quite sit well with Mercury.
For some reason, they were never in agreement when trying to record or were never in the same country long enough to finish. Already frustrated, things came to a definite end after Freddie called his band to come pick him up from the recording studio because Michael Jackson had brought a llama with him!