Freddie Mercury with girlfriend Mary Austin at their flat, London, 1977. When Freddie died in 1991, he left most of his estate to Mary, including his beautiful home, Garden Lodge, where Mary still lives today. She is divorced and has two adult sons. She has said that she wished she had died before Freddie, as it has been difficult living without him.
FREDDIE MERCURY - 1991 - Freddie went to see his mum every Thursday afternoon for tea, and he rarely came away empty-handed. His mum made wonderful cheese biscuits and packed them into a little lunch-box for him. In fact, in one of the last photographs the newspapers published of Freddie ↑(above)↑ he was outside Garden Lodge with a box of his mum's cheese biscuits under his arm.
"I can’t win. Love is Russian roulette for me. No one loves the real me (inside). They’re all in love with my fame, my stardom. I fall in love far too quickly and end up getting hurt all the time. I’ve got scars all over. But I can’t help myself because basically I’m a softie. I have this hard, macho shell — which I project on stage, but there’s a much softer side too, which melts like butter." - Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 70 on Monday, has had an asteroid named after him to celebrate the occasion. The Queen frontman, who sang the famous words, “I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky,” from the song “Don’t Stop Me Now,” was honored by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (IAU). The center renamed Asteroid 17473 after him, which was discovered in 1991 — the year of his death.