Freddie Mercury left a major share of his fortune to Mary Austin after his death.
Love is an emotion that can be interpreted in so many different ways. While the emotion often falls within the boundaries of friendship or romance for most people, it is much beyond these definable connections for others. Freddie Mercury's relationship with Mary Austin was such a kind. Though he was never married to her, she was the most precious treasure in his life till the day he died.
"All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage…We believe in each other. That’s enough for me. I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary," said Mercury, proclaiming his everlasting love for Austin, according to The Vintage News.
Mercury met Austin in 1969 at a boutique in London. Austin was just 19 years old and Mercury was a 24-years-old graduate, who had recently completed his art degree. Though the couple was poles apart, the couple were instantly attracted to each other. Mercury's oozing confidence was new for Austin, who was an introvert. Recalling their first meeting in an interview in 2000, Austin stated, "He was very confident, and I have never been confident," according to All That's Interesting.
It only took a little while for the couple to start dating and move in together. However, looking back Austin says it took her three years to truly fall in love with Mercury mentally and emotionally. And when she did she knew he was special. “It took about three years for me to really fall in love. But I had never felt that way about anyone.”
The two youngsters explored life together and Mercury began focusing on his music with his band, Queen. In 1972, Queen signed their first record deal and the couple's life began to change. They moved to a new place and Austin witnessed in Mercury what she calls "a star in the making." She also felt fame would motivate the singer to abandon their relationship.
But she was wrong. Mercury wanted Austin by his side while crowds cheered him and gushed over his talent. He wanted Austin to be a part of his growth and his newfound celebrity status. Austin was elated. She did not expect him to stick around.
"I realized that I had to go along with this and be part of it. As everything took off I was watching him flower. It was wonderful to observe... I was so happy that he wanted to be with me," said Austin, according to All That's Interesting. Soon enough, Mercury decided to take their relationship to the next level. He got down on one knee and proposed to Austin.
The woman was shocked but she was delighted. The couple got engaged and Queen became a global sensation. Mercury wrote songs about his love for Austin and their romance had reached its peak.
But as time progressed, Austin noticed her partner becoming more and more aloof. His attitude towards marriage had also changed. Whenever she asked if it was time to pick a dress, Mercury said no. Eventually, Mercury told her the reason behind his recent change.
He told her that he was bisexual. Though it took her a while, Austin looked at the man she loved and said, "No Freddie, I don’t think you are bisexual. I think you are gay."
The couple called off their engagement and Austin decided to pack her bags. But Mercury wanted her to stay close so the singer bought her an apartment close by. Over the years, Mercury and Austin shared a deep connection. She was the only one he trusted and the only one he wanted next to him when life threw curve balls at him.
When he contracted AIDS, Austin was heartbroken. She devoted her time to caring for him, according to The Vintage News. Mercury knew he was not going to be around for long and decided he had to make sure Austin was financially sound when he was gone. So, the singer willed a large part of his wealth to Austin before his death.
Austin was Mercury's strongest pillar and the woman witnessed his death with immense pain. After his death, she recalled she “would sit every day next to the bed for hours, whether he was awake or not. He would wake up and smile and say, 'Oh it’s you, old faithful.'”
Before bidding farewell to the world, Mercury entrusted Austin with one last wish. He wanted her to scatter his ashes in a secret location. His death shattered Austin. Though their relationship was no ideal according to others, he was her soulmate. “I lost somebody who I thought was my eternal love," said Austin.