Queen fans may know that Mary Austin was the only woman Freddie Mercury truly loved, despite his orientation and his relationship with Jim Hutton. Towards the end of his life, he admitted she was his soulmate. In November 1991, he left Mary half of his £75 million fortune and a £20 million house in West London.
He asked her to hide his ashes in secret to protect his resting place from fans' potential disrespect.
For two years, she kept his urn safe. Then, under the guise of a beauty treatment, she quietly moved his remains to a secret spot.
Their bond began in their youth when they were penniless. They lived together, but despite considering her his wife, they never officially married. Mary stood by him through tours and after he revealed his attraction to men.
She was among the few he confided in about his HIV diagnosis and the one holding his hand at his death. After Freddie's passing, Mary struggled to find solace, finding happiness only in her sons. Despite marrying and divorcing twice, she couldn't fill the void he left.
The movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" partly depicted Freddie and Mary's love, with Rami Malek playing Freddie and Lucy Boynton portraying Mary. “He was like no one I had ever met before,” Austin told OK! Magazine before 23 years.
“He was very confident, and I have never been confident. We grew together. I liked him – and it went on from there”.
Freddie Mercury's death
His death left a scar on her. “It was the loneliest and most difficult time of my life after Freddie died.
When he died I felt we’d had a marriage. We’d lived our vows. We’d done it for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. I lost somebody who I thought was my eternal love”. - she said as quoted by standard.co.uk!