‘And he was right,’ she says, her features, still elfin at 62, forming a deep frown. She suffered several serious illnesses and struggled emotionally to cope with the inheritance.
‘I found myself thinking, “Oh Freddie, you’ve left me too much and too much to deal with as well.” I felt I couldn’t live up to it.
Since the death of Queen’s flamboyant frontman, aged 45, in November 1991, speculation has been rife. Or buried under a cherry tree in the Japanese garden of his London mansion?
When a plinth erected at Kensal Green cemetery in West London bearing his real name – Farrokh Bulsara – was discovered earlier this month, his legion of fans hoped their hero’s final resting place had finally been located.
Mary says that just before his death, he was terrified his resting place would be defiled: ‘He didn’t want anyone trying to dig him up as has happened to some famous people. He wanted it to remain a secret and it will remain so.’To avoid prying eyes, she didn’t even take her driver. It had to be like a normal day so the staff wouldn’t suspect anything – because staff gossip. But nobody will ever know where he is buried because that was his wish.’It was an emotional and stress-filled mission for Mary, who lived with Mercury on and off for 20 years. As we sit in the music room of the sprawling mansion, which still retains the stylish grandeur and flamboyant decor that Mercury demanded, the vigil by fans continues outside the property’s perimeter wall. After six years together, he came out as gay, taking a stream of lovers as his life descended into uninhibited promiscuity. That he left the bulk of his fortune to her caused deep and bitter resentment – not least among Mercury’s former band members.
‘I didn’t want anyone to suspect that I was doing anything other than what I would normally do. For many of them it is a daily pilgrimage and they pause to pin up missives of undying love. Sinking into a plush sofa she then casts her eye around the room – taking in its stunning array of valuable antiques, art works and Louis XV furniture. She says he warned her the legacy she would inherit could become a burden.
For 40 years, Bohemian Rhapsody has been one of the world’s favourite rock songs but has baffled its millions of fans with its wilfully obscure lyrics.
But Queen’s flamboyant frontman and songwriter Freddie Mercury steadfastly refused to explain his lyrics to the song.Seller assumes no responsibility for any oral or written statements about the vehicle.A personal or 3rd party inspection prior to purchase is highly recommended.It was about how different his life could have been.How much happier he would have felt, had he been able to be himself.