Freddie Mercury has often admitted that Mary Austin was the 'love of his life' despite their romance not lasting.
Their intimate relationship lasted for six years but their friendship lasted a lifetime as Mary became Freddie's closest confidantes during his life.
The love affair was over when Freddie came out to her and Mary decided to move out of their home.
The Queen singer didn't want her to go far though and insisted that his record label buy her home so close to his that he could see if from his window.
The iconic frontman once said about Mary: "All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible.
"The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else.
"To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage.”
Freddie admitted that Mary was the one that kept him grounded and helped him in his toughest moments.
He continued: "I might have all the problems in the world but I have Mary and that gets me through.
"I still see her every day and I am fond of her now as I have ever been.
"I’ll love her until I draw my last breath. We’ll probably grow old together."
Mary was the main beneficiary from Freddie's will, when he died in 1991, with his West Kensington mansion, Garden Lodge, as well as 50 per cent of all his future earnings from Queen.
With this though, Freddie issued a warning to Mary about how this could become a burden on her.
In a Daily Mail interview from 2013, Mary revealed that Freddie had spoken to her about the will before he died and that it could become a millstone.
Mary revealed: "And he was right."
She went on to say that she struggled to cope after Freddie's death: "I found myself thinking, oh Freddie, you’ve left me too much and too much to deal with as well. I felt I couldn’t live up to it.
“He’d warned me that the house was going to be more of a challenge than I realised.
“I’m grateful he did because I hit jealousy head on — like a Japanese bullet train. Very painful."
Mary also believes that Freddie's Queen bandmates were not happy with the will and had never "reconciled themselves to it."
She continued: "I don’t understand it. Because to me it’s bricks and mortar. I try never to be jealous or envy people.
"Freddie was very generous to them in the last years of his life and I don’t think they embraced that generosity.
"I don’t think they appreciated or recognised what Freddie had left them."
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