Freddie Mercury’s JOY at the end with Jim and his cats ‘I’m very happy, it’s wonderful’

Freddie was larger than life but also kept his real emotions closely guarded. The greatest showman was also the great pretender. Only a trusted few were permitted to see behind the magic curtain. Mary Austin was there from the start right to the painful end and held a unique part of Freddie’s heart, but Jim Hutton was the man Freddie chose to spend his life with. He almost never spoke publicly about their relationship but a few beautiful lines reveal the depth of contentment he had found at last. 

Jim Hutton’s detractors claimed he really was just the “gardener” which is how he was paid. But Mary also received a wage, as did ex-boyfriend and live-in chef Joe Fanelli and Freddie’s PA, Peter Freestone. But they were all more family than employees. 

In fact, the Irishman worked as a hairdresser long after he had settled down with the Queen frontman.

Freddie may have referred to Jim as “the gardener” in jest to friends or  as a misdirection to his family, with whom was never directly open about his sexuality. Homosexuality was becoming accepted in the 1980s but still rarely admitted by public figures.

The array of photos and home videos are a testament to the depth of their relationship. Some (below, courtesy of FreddieMercuryClub) even show Jim and Mary sat next to each other at one dinner party.

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In only one interview did Freddie speak directly about Jim, although he still did not name him.

This was as much for Jim’s privacy as Freddie’s. Brian May referred to their relationship in an interview a week after Freddie had died but also chose to protect Jim’s anonymity.

They were never officially photographed together in public, although there is one candid shot of them backstage at Live Aid.

In the interview, Freddie said; “I’m very happy with my relationship at the moment and I honestly couldn’t ask for better.

Of course, Freddie couldn’t resist being a little playful and comparing himself to two of the greatest divas of modern times.

He said; “Piaf did it. So did Streisand. Now I have a hairdresser husband, dear! I’ve finally found that niche I was looking for all my life and no f***er in this universe is going to upset it.”

After many years struggling with his sexuaity and then hedonistically chasing ever greater thrills, he finally found happiness in frequent bubble baths or curled up on his sofa watching Countdown.

There is no need to debate whether Freddie loved Mary or Jim more. 

They brought Freddie different things and they were both there, constantly by his side in the difficult last months of his life. Hutton died on January 1, 2010. Although he had also contracted HIV, he had successfully received medication and died from cancer.

In the end, Freddie loved and was loved. He found “solace” in being able to accept and trust that love.

What more can anyone want?

The popular fansite FreddieMercuryClub published the pictures: CLICK HERE for daily posts about Freddie Mercury

Source Daily Express :: Music