If you are one of the many millions who watched the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody you may suppose that Mary Austin was the love of Freddie Mercury’s life, the woman who he could never quite let go of. The truth is more complicated.
Respected biographer and music journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones explores Freddie’s romantic encounters – from his boarding school years in Panchgani, India to his final days spent bed-ridden at his sumptuous Kensington home. Here the author reveals why not a single one of his lovers ever really perfected the art of being his life partner. Love of My Life charts Freddie’s many obsessions from Mary Austin, Barbara Valentin and final live-in lover Jim Hutton.
From a string of male love interests to his chaste passion for Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe; from fellow rock stars Dave Clark, Elton John and his own co-band members in Queen, to ‘cats and curios’: his fascination for felines and his relentless extravagant shopping and collecting; from favourite cities around the world – New York, Montreux and Munich, in which he purchased lavish homes – to the ‘food of love’ – his music, and his voracious addiction to sex. Which of these was the real love of Freddie Mercury’s life?
Based on personal interviews and encounters the author tells of Freddie Mercury’s lesser known loves in order to paint a comprehensive picture of the legendary musician. Published on the 30th anniversary of his death, and what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 75th year.