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Mary talks about Freddie

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“Freddie was always very protective of me. I only realised after he died, quite how protective he’d been. If something happened he’d say, “Oh darling, don’t worry we’ll get over that.” He was uplifting. At other times, when he was aware he had AIDS and only had a limited time to live, there’d be the odd serious conversation when he’d say to me, “Let’s go and sit, we don’t know how long we have.”

‘No, I’d rather it happened the other way round. I should have gone first – I’d rather he miss me than I miss him.’

~ Mary Austin 2011 Interview

Mary was in Freddie’s life before the fame and remained in his life throughout all of his ups and downs. She always had a special place in his life, it’s not for us to understand but it’s love! Unconditional love! Their relationship ended but they still remained extremely close together. That’s a very special bond or ‘friendship of the highest standard’ as Freddie has said himself

Freddie was the most musical of all of us

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Freddie was the most musical of all of us. He was trained on the piano, and he could write on the black notes. He said, ‘We’re never going to get anywhere playing all this three-chord blues crap, we’ll have to write some songs’. A couple of things came out of it, but they’ve all vanished now. I can’t imagine that they would have been very satisfactory anyway.

Freddie knew where he wanted to go. That’s why he was such a huge international star. This was no accident. It happened because that’s exactly what he wanted to be from the moment I first met him. He was brilliant, a man with a goal and a drive!

Mike Bersin – Guitarist of Ibex

My first impression of Freddie was that he was strong-willed,

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“My first impression of Freddie was that he was strong-willed, gregarious, very ambitious, charming and striking. He was very aggressive about what he wanted and very much the fight in the band. They were one of the few groups that made an instant impression on me. They knew they’d be big, it was just a question of finding the way. In my experience that’s not normal, but it’s a huge advantage for a publicist when a group has that depth of belief in themselves, that’s what would make them stars. Catching one of Queen’s live gigs only confirmed my professional instincts about them and marked the start of a profitable working relationship.

Although Freddie invariably stood out from the others, he looked for no special preference, he never lorded himself as the star of Queen, it was always a group and from the start we were all made very conscious of the importance of treating them equally. He understood everything in this (journalist’) game and didn’t want to allow them to make him ordinary. He also didn’t want the whole attention to focus only on him and the rest of the band to be in his shadow.

He emphasized their band is not Freddie Mercury and his three-membered escort, but four equal partners. And he succeeded in it. Queen could have easily become “Freddie Mercury and Others”, but we never think of them in any other way than as a band.