Known all over the world as being one of the greatest and most wonderfully flamboyant performers of all time, Freddie Mercury loved his art and his audience. Several entries on this list detail times that he went through great pain in order to guarantee audience satisfaction. Music was his life; nothing else could compare. Whatever situation he found himself in, Freddie Mercury remained true to the titles of one of Queen’s biggest hits. The show must go on.
10. Pet Llamas And Cocaine
In the 1980s, two music legends attempted to collaborate on an album. Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury combined their talents, but it was not meant to be. The album was canceled because the stars had certain disagreements about items which the other insisted on having. Freddie objected to Michael bringing a llama to their recording sessions, while Michael disagreed with Freddie’s persistent cocaine use. One can only imagine what it must have been like for their agents to have to negotiate through this situation. Where do you even start? How can you have a normal conversation about a llama and cocaine? The duo ultimately recorded three songs together: “State Of Shock,” “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” and “Victory.”
9. The Love Of His Life
It is a little-known fact that Freddie Mercury was bisexual, not homosexual as many believe. He was in a relationship with a woman by the name of Mary Austin and lived with her for seven years. Despite moving on, he continued to be close with her up until his final days. He even left her his $4 million mansion on the condition that his boyfriend was allowed to live there for as long as he wished.
Freddie and Mary met through Brian May, who dated her in the 1970s. When Queen was formed, May introduced the two. Freddie visited her place of work for six months after they met before asking her out on a date.