Freddie Mercury: ‘I have wider sexual tastes than most but couldn’t do THIS with a man’

Despite accusations that Bohemian Rhapsody whitewashed Freddie’s more extreme behaviour, the film did not ignore his hedonist time of Germany or elsewhere. When the Queen frontman finally confronted his sexuality, he revelled in the liberation. He also thoroughly enjoyed teasing interviewers and pushing boundaries with what could be said in public. Even though he took only male lovers in his final years, Freddie still admitted there was something he could not do with them.

Obviously he never went into explicit sexual details, much as he enjoyed 

Freddie said: “It would destroy all the mystery if I always explained everything about myself. To actually come out with it and go into huge detail about all those things, to be honest, is a bit beneath me. 

“I have maybe a wider sexual taste than most people, but that’s as far as I’m going to go.  

New book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, has compiled hundreds of incredible quotes from the Queen legend and fashioned them into a seamless narrative so that it reads like an autobiography.

And Freddie talked a lot about love and sex – and the one thing he could never ever do. 

Freddie said; “I used to be just an old slag who got up every morning, scratched his head, and wondered who he wanted to f**k today. 

“I just lived for sex. I’m a very sexual person but I’m much more choosy now than I used to be.”

He also settled down at the end with boyfriend Jim Hutton.

Freddie learned to protect his vulnerable heart after one too many hurts, or “scars” as he called them but, all along, there was also another final hurdle that almost nobody could get over. 


Freddie said: “I couldn’t fall in love with a man the way I could with a girl.”

Ultimately, of course, he meant one particular girl. Freddie loved Mary Austin from the moment they met until his last breath. 

He explained: “Our love affair ended in tears, but a deep bond grew out of it, and that’s something nobody can take away from us.  It’s unreachable. People always ask me about sexuality and all those things, right from the early days, but I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary. All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible.”

Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words (£9.99) is available from Amazon

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