Unseen pictures of Freddie Mercury released by Queens Brian May ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody movie release
Never-before-seen pictures of Queen singer Freddie Mercury have been released by friend and bandmate Brian May.
The images, taken while the band were touring in the 1970s and 80s, show the Bohemian Rhapsody singer alongside Mary Austin, a woman who Mercury often referred to as his wife an to whom he once proposed.
The romance is a main storyline in upcoming biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which is due for release on October 24.
The film, produced by Brian May and bandmate Roger Taylor, stars Rami Malek as tragic singer Mercury, who died from AIDS-related illnesses in 1991.
It will shed light on Mercurys relationship with Mary, who inherited his Kensington mansion after his death, and still lives there now.
All my lovers asked me why they couldnt replace Mary, but its simply impossible, Mercury once said. The only friend Ive got is Mary, and I dont want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage.
We believe in each other. Thats enough for me. I couldnt fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.
The Dont Stop Me Now singer was known for his camp performances, and confessed he was bisexual in 1976.