Freddie Mercury was one of the biggest and brightest stars of all time. As the frontman of the mega-popular band “Queen” and one of the most talented stage performers of all time, he enjoyed great popularity. However, with all the stardom, he kept his private life a bit more private.
He almost never talked about his sexuality, but it is widely known that he was either gay or bisexual. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, but this information was not announced until he lost his life in 1991.
Jim Hutton, Mercury’s partner in the last years of his life explained to Tim Teeman for The Times that they were both naturally private people, and he explained that Mercury might have worried that coming out would have affected him professionally. However, he had never said that, and they both thought that being gay was only their business.
The iconic music star was in a relationship with a woman named Mary Austin in the 1970s, however, he started to question his sexuality in the mid-1970s and started seeing men.
He confessed that to Austin, and they decided to end their relationship, but remain to be close friends. Mercury still felt deep affection and love for Austin, which inspired him to write one of the most romantic songs ever written, “Love of My Life”.
Freddie Mercury met Jim Hutton in 1984 in a night club, and the singer offered Hutton a drink. Hutton, however, refused, because he had another partner at the time.
About a year later, however, they met again, and Mercury tried his luck again. They quickly ended up in a passionate and romantic relationship.
Hutton wasn’t aware who Mercury was when they met, even after Freddie told him his name. He was a hairdresser at the time and he worked at Savoy Hotel. He moved into Mercury’s home after a couple of years of dating.
He was Mercury’s dearest and closest person from 1985 until 1991, and he was much respected by Mercury’s colleagues and friends.
Even though gay marriages were a taboo at the time, Mercury referred to Jim Hutton as “my husband”, and they even wore rings.
Mercury, reportedly, offered Hutton a way out of the relationship when he was diagnosed with AIDS, but Hutton told him that he’s not going anywhere.
Hutton shared his impressions and photographs of his life with Mercury in his memoir published in 1994, titled Mercury and Me.