Flashback Friday: Inside Freddie Mercury's last few days with partner Jim Hutton before his death

While Mary Austin forever remained his eternal muse, the late Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury fell deeply in love with Jim Hutton and the couple was together until the singer's final few days.
Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton first met at a London gay club and eventually fell in love.
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Considered as one of the greatest musicians of all time, Freddie Mercury, along with Queen, became a global phenomenon whose music had such a cultural impact that it remains relevant even decades later! But, it's not just the music that made Freddie such an iconic personality! It was the curiousity behind the man himself that attracted fans. Many were deeply invested in knowing about Freddie's personal life as the late singer was extremely privy about the same. Specifically, it was his sexuality that people were more concerned about.

While Mary Austin would forever be the love of Freddie's life, in 1985, a chance encounter with a gentleman named Jim Hutton at a London gay club named Heaven changed Mercury's life forever. While initially, Jim said no to the singer's advances, fate had another thing calling as the two met at the same club 18 months later and eventually fell in love, via All Things Interesting (Jim Hutton's biography on his life with Freddie Mercury - Mercury and Me). Within a year itself, Jim moved in with Freddie to his London home, Garden Lodge.

However, their love had to face certain trials and tribulations as Jim caught Freddie with several men at Heaven with Mercury's defense being that he was trying to make his partner jealous. Hutton was having none of that and gave an ultimatum to make up his mind on their relationship. Eventually, Mercury said, "Ok," as his thought process was to be secure with someone who was down to earth and not impressed by who Freddie was!

While Freddie was known for his flamboyant personality on stage, his home life with Jim was much more mundane where the couple would just lie together on the sofa and Mercury would massage Hutton's leg asking about his day. While Freddie never publicly addressed his sexuality, the couple did wear wedding rings as a symbol of their commitment to one another.

As their love blossomed into domestic bliss, 1987 saw a devastating moment when Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS. Mercury had given Hutton the leeway to leave him if need be but Jim stayed put stating that he was in for the long haul.

Jim was by Freddie's side throughout all those painful days and helped nurse the singer through private treatments. However, at the time, the fight against AIDS was at its infancy and hence Freddie slowly started deteriorating away, no matter how much he tried to battle through.

According to Jim, Freddie started sensing that his death was inching closer and he himself decided to come off his AIDS medication, three weeks before his death. The couple's last real conversation took place a few days before Mercury passed away. Freddie wanted to leave his bed and look at his paintings so Hutton assisted him downstair and then brought him back to bed. "I never realised you were as strong as you are," Mercury had said which marked their last real conversation.

Owing to bronchial pneumonia as a complication of AIDS, Freddie breathed his last on November 24, 1991. The Bohemian Rhapsody singer was 45 at the time. It was only a day before his death that Mercury had confirmed via a statement by his manager that he was diagnosed with AIDS. Hutton stressed on the fact that Freddie always wanted to keep his personal life private and how it was just his business, and no one else's.

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Post his death, Freddie left £500,000 in Jim's name while Garden Lodge was given to Mary. Austin gave Jim three months to clear out and Hutton went back to Ireland. Jim too was diagnosed with HIV in 1990 and passed away in 2010, owing to cancer. Hutton was 61 at the time.

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You must fantasize about men. Men who stoop to calling names do it in hopes no one finds out their true desires. You hide behind name calling to throw people off. Well it didn't work Barbara!! Open that closet door diva!! Go find yourself a man!! You will sleep better you hateful ugly man lovin a*$.

Right!

Freddy Mercury was an icon not only that he was sensitive humorless and a wonderful human being. How dare u judge and use that disgusting word. U also need spelling lessons u Moran

Simply turn your back on the comment and the person
To ignore as they are a waste of space

I was very young when Freddy died. Love his music to this day. Greatest and is missed by millions. Who gives a shit about anything else.

I am happy that this beautiful and talented man had the love he.deserved

Freddie and Jim forever Jim donated the money from his book to the hospital where he was treated for cancer and his book didn’t reveal anything that was so confidential.

I'll always love Freddie and be in awe of everything about him. However, Jim's book is HIS biased, and somewhat fantasy, idea of the relationship they had. Beware...he made $$$ from this book and betrayed Freddie's wishes to remain confidential. And some stretching of the TRUTH!!

I didn't become a big fan of Freddy Mercury until after Bohemian Rhapsody. I liked his music I just didn't like him because I judged him thought he was gross and etc because of the impression the tabloids had on my young mind and growing up during the big aids epidemic in the 80s. Then after his movie came out I watched every utube video on Freddy and read anything I could about him and his life. I absolutely love this man and wish I could of met him . Watching him in concert he is just so beautiful inside and out..he is just the most extraordinary person and even if he was gay I would of totally fell for him like Mary did. The world is a lot duller without Freddy Mercury in it.

Freddie has always been a kind person,never acting better than another person. He knew his romantic preference was controversial thus he was very private. He didn't flaunt it unneedlessly. Like some today that act overly outrageous to draw attention to themselves. He was who he was and kept his relationship to himself just like I do. Yes I'm married for 33 year to this wonderful man. Not only was he a talented musician but he expected nothing but the best from himself when he gave everything he gave during each performance putting fans at the top of his list! If he heard of someone in need he thought nothing of writing a check so whatever the person needed and made it anonymous as he didn't want kudos for doing a good deed that was just the kind of person he was. I don't always agree with that lifestyle but somehow Freddy's was different I don't care either way because he was such a wonderful person with the heart so big and enjoyed entertaining and giving people joy. if he didn't make you feel Joy and help you forget your problems for only a moment when you were at his concerts he said he didn't feel he did his job this job was to make you feel good and he was very good at it he was the best and Will remain the best for all eternity!

Freddie has always been a kind person,never acting better than another person. He knew his romantic preference was controversial thus he was very private. He didn't flaunt it unneedlessly. Like some today that act overly outrageous to draw attention to themselves. He was who he was and kept his relationship to himself just like I do. Yes I'm married for 33 year to this wonderful man. Not only was he a talented musician but he expected nothing but the best from himself when he gave everything he gave during each performance putting fans at the top of his list! If he heard of someone in need he thought nothing of writing a check so whatever the person needed and made it anonymous as he didn't want kudos for doing a good deed that was just the kind of person he was. I don't always agree with that lifestyle but somehow Freddy's was different I don't care either way because he was such a wonderful person with the heart so big and enjoyed entertaining and giving people joy. if he didn't make you feel Joy and help you forget your problems for only a moment when you were at his concerts he said he didn't feel he did his job this job was to make you feel good and he was very good at it he was the best and Will remain the best for all eternity!

Freddie was an amazingly talented person. His stage presence, vocals and personality will NEVER be duplicated! His struggle with his identity is reflected in his lyrics. Love was repeatedly a major theme. The song, "Too Much Love Will Kill You" sums it all! So glad, however that he lived his remaining years content and happy.

"Too Much Love" was written by Brian. Every song Freddie sang seemed like his own. That was one of many talents that made him the best.

Freddie was a remarkable, extremely talented and generous person. His stage presence and vocals will NEVER be duplicated! You can tell he struggled with his identity in his lyrics. Love was always a major theme. The song, Too Much Love Will Kill You, sums it all!! However, I am so happy for him that his last years were content and fulfilling!

Freddie would not be happy reading all of this hatred.
In the world now in a time of such danger..
Just try to get along...really. Freddie sang of love..

Freddie was such an elegant, beautiful man. He was so fluid and precise when he performed...he felt each note, every lyric, every rhythm. He was, and remains, the best!

He was a genius and his personal is none of your business

Respect Freddie for what he did and what he helped people to become even after is perishing.

It is not for you to "approve" of his lifestyle. I also heteros**ual just like you, but was we are genetically/s***ally who we are in 99% of the cases, that way so you have no right to approve or disapprove it was who he was. As far as the first A***ole, learn to spell, then come out of the closet!

Beautiful relationship between Freddie and Jim. I'm so happy that Freddie found true love those last 6 years of his life. Makes one feel better knowing that he was so happy and content with Jim by his side.

Freddie was a musical genius and without doubt the greatest live performer and showman of all time,He also cared about lot about his friends and family and had an extremely generous nature right up to the very end of his life bless him, His se***lity and how he lived his life was his own buisness to be fair and no one else's and there is absolutely no need for any mindless bigotry,prejudice or homophobia regarding Freddies lifestyle as at the end of the day remember it was his choice and i think that there is a tad of jealousy in some earlier comments !!

It's not about his sexuality. It's all about his music and the very talented person he was. He is a legend. Keep your nasty opinions to yourself!!!

Speechless!

Another Freddie Mercury will never be.

Freddie’s sexuality was personal, don’t knock him down!! He had a remarkable talent that can never be replaced

Fred had more love for everybody with huge talent and a good heart. So take your nasty comments and shove em where you were born from, an a**e hole. Utter pond life.

Seriously grow up. There is place in this world for hatred like this. Go about you needless little life the the horrible person you are.

Don't approve of his lifestyle and sexuality, but he was an immensely talented artist. A very unique vocalist.

I don't think Freddie needed anyone's approval

If the article talks about Freddie and Jim, I find it extremely unnecessary to mention Mary.

I was thinking the same thing. Almost every article mentions that she inherited everything and Jim ONLY got 500,000 pounds. I don't think it was any surprise to Jim to be honest.

Freddie was legend love his music and stage presence

Legends

You don’t even know how to spell it.

That exactly what I was gonna say..

Both of the f**s would likely kick you a**..

Faget

Not even bright enough to even spell the word right.

Like seriously, y'all have no other work don't you.
If you seriously have to comment stuffs like these it'll be better if u don't read these articles at all.

YOU NOT ONLY ARE STUPID AND UNEDUCATED TO MISPELL THE WORD, YOU'RE ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE YOU'RE THE BIGGEST CLOSET FAG AROUND. POOR YOU !!!

Wanker....

Only an ignorant unevolved person would make a comment like that and definitely you are someone who is homophobic. Freddie Mercury was more of a man I'm more of a human being than somebody like you could ever imagine.

Why don't you come out of the Dark Ages you are a very rude bigoted person. Only a homophobic would behave in such a manner. Freddie Mercury was more of a man and more of a human being then somebody like you could ever imagine.

You are a sorry excuse for a human being. To call someone that word in this day and age is unforgivable and makes you a POS. You only said this because you are anonymous. You would not say that to anybody's face. Shame on you!!!

Shameful on your part. So many people have struggled with their sexuality.

You pathetic, inadequate little person. I pity you.

Whatever you cowardly f**er

You're a coward! He was born that way but you will always be an a**hole!!! The only reason you wrote that statement is because you could stay anonymous. You are a disgusting pig!!

Must make this person who obviously has no self-esteem feel better about himself/herself to say this about someone. Obviously they are very jealous of Freddie and his immense talent and fantastic looks. How pathetic for this person that their life is this empty.

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