4 facts we bet you didn’t know about rock legend Freddie Mercury

In his heyday, Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury was eccentric and truly over -the-top, much to the delight of his fans. We’ve dug up some fascinating but lesser-known facts about the late performer.

It’s hard to believe the beloved frontman Freddie Mercury, from iconic rock group Queen, has been gone for 28 years already… And if he were alive today, we’re sure Freddie would be living it up on Instagram showing off his interests like art, fashion and of course, music.

Rare facts about Freddie:

  • Philatelist: Freddie was an avid stamp collector when he was a child (it’s believed he gathered his collection between the ages of 9 and 12). As a philatelist – a person who loves/collects stamps – Freddie hoarded stamps from across the globe, including Britain, Zanzibar and Eastern Europe. So particular were his ways that some pages in his stamp albums were arranged by colour, size and type, while others featured balanced patterns and letters from the alphabet. Currently, the late singer’s stamp collection is housed at London’s Postal Museum (which acquired it in 1993) and was exhibited next to fellow rock icon John Lennon’s stamp collection in 2016.
  • Nicknames: So delightful was Freddie’s sense of humour that he nicknamed his closest friends (many who were famous) with female names. Elton John was Sharon; his band mates, Brian May and Roger Taylor were Maggie and Liz respectively; Rod Stewart was reportedly called Phyllis and Freddie called himself Melina.
  • Two legends in studio: It comes as no surprise that two of the greatest musicians from the 20th Century collaborated at one stage. Michael Jackson and Freddie jointly recorded a few songs, one called State of Shock, but it was later rerecorded by The Jacksons and Mick Jagger. Another, which was released in 2014 on the compilation album, Queen Forever, is called There Must Be More to Life Than This.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Contrary to popular belief, Freddie did not use the song as a way to come out about his sexuality. Freddie described the lyrics as “[bearing] no real meaning, it’s all rhyming nonsense”. Who would have thought a song featuring the lyrics “Mama, just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead” would go on to inspire so many karaoke performances?

Relive every foot-stomping performance when the award-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody airs on Sunday 1 December on M-Net (101) at 20:00

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