Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury: A Tribute to the Indian Gay Rockstar!

Born 5 September 1946, globally acclaimed singer Freddie Mercury spent most of his childhood and teenage in India. Mercury was voted best male singer of all time by Blender, MTV2 and Classic Rock. His parents, hailed from Valsad district in Gujarat.

Freddie shared a long-term relationship with his boyfriend, Jim Hutton.

Originally, Freddie was named Farrokh Bulsara. The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. He also had a younger sister, Kashmira. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven in his School in Panchgani near Mumbai. One of his musical inspiration at the time was Lata Mangeshkar. At the age of 12, he formed a school band, called ‘hectics’.

Here are a few pics from his childhood and with his family!

Friends recall his habit of calling other boys, “darling”, his lifelong habit. He realized he was gay when he was in his 30s, when he confessed to Mary Austin, his long-time female friend, that he might be bi-sexual. “No Freddie,” she told him, “You’re not bi-sexual, you’re gay.” It was a turning point in his life. Mary Austin recalls, “Once Freddie understood he was gay, he became one with himself, for the first time.”

In mid 60’s, he migrated to England, forming the band ‘Queen’ in 1970 with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Mercury was prosthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Mercury wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen (including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now”). Bohemian Rhapsody was listed as the greatest song of all time by the Guinness Book of Records.

In 1970s, the singer had begun an affair with a male American executive and Radio DJ Kenny Everett. By 1985, he began another long-term relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton (1949–2010). Hutton lived with Mercury for the last six years of his life, nursed him during his illness and was present at his bedside when he died. Hutton said Mercury died wearing the wedding band that Hutton had given him.

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