Freddie Mercury is remembered across the world for his multi-octave vocal range, natural flamboyance and ability to command an audience like no one else. But, as it turns out, there was far more to the Queen frontman than his on-stage charisma and impressive voice. Yes, Mercury’s sexuality has long been discussed – and yet one relationship with a man would ultimately affect him like no other.
While Mercury remains notorious for his sexual exploits, one man in particular stole his heart. And yet some depictions of the legendary singer’s life have glossed over this seminal relationship. In the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, for instance, it’s Mercury’s six-year affair with Mary Austin that takes center stage – even though he was with his most treasured boyfriend for a similar amount of time.