Freddie Mercuryonce declared that Mary Austin was the “love of his life” and he bequeathed his West Kensington mansion to her after his death in 1991.
The Queen frontman’s closest relationship was with Mary, who he met in 1974 just as his band were beginning to make their mark on the music world.
Two decades after the death of Freddie from bronchial pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, his mother Jer Bulsara opened up about her thoughts on Mary.
Speaking to The Telegraph before she died, Jer recalled Mary as “lovely and used to come to us for meals.”
She went onto admit that she wished that Freddie had tied the knot with Mary.
Freddie continued to speak fondly about Mary: “I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me though. I still see her every day and I am fond of her now as I have ever been.
“I’ll love her until I draw my last breath. We’ll probably grow old together. ”
It was years after Freddie’s death that his fortune finally filtered through to Mary, with her saying that she almost had to give up the mansion as the upkeep was getting too much.
She said: “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. ”
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