Mary Austin: All About The Soulmate of Freddie Mercury

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One of the most well-known and strange love stories in British music history involves Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and his unwavering devotion to Mary Austin, his best friend and “soulmate.” Let’s get to know more about her life and her net worth in detail.

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Mary Austin supported Freddie Mercury in his early years before his career took off / Getty Images

Since Freddie Mercury passed away in an upstairs bedroom of his beloved London home, Garden Lodge, in 1991—the year he left the property and all of its possessions to Mary Austin in his will—the well-known private Mary Austin has lived there quietly.

Early in 2023, Mary Austin shocked everyone by deciding to sell the entire contents of the home as well as nearly all of Freddie’s favorite goods in a massive sale of 1,400 items. Sotheby’s has referred to this sale as “one of the biggest single-owner auctions in years”.

One of the highlights of the sale will be Freddie Mercury’s handwritten working lyrics, which span nine pages and include chords and harmonies for one of Queen’s finest songs, We Are The Champions. It is predicted that each one will sell for between £200,000 and £300,000.

Unreleased lyrics for Killer Queen that were written in 1974 with a black Biro pen on a single piece of paper are expected to fetch between £50,000 and £70,000.

Austin said of the lyrics, “For me, the most beautiful side” of the lover she admired.

About Her Early Life

Mary Austin was from a working-class household in Fulham, West London. Her father cut wallpaper, and her mother was a maid. In 1969, at the age of 19, she was hired by the upscale fashion store Biba in Kensington.

After graduating from Ealing Art College, Freddie Mercury visited a fancy store where he met Mary. They hung out together for a while before Freddie worked up the courage to propose to her.

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Mary Austin first met Freddie Mercury in 1969 / Alamy

Mary and Freddie’s early romance was discussed in depth by Freddie’s closest pals in the 2020 Channel 5 documentary Freddie Mercury: A Christmas Story.

Peter Freestone, Mercury’s 13-year PA, also stated to Mary that she was really important and remembered that she took care of him throughout his early years when Mary was working, and he was earning nothing.

Her Love For Freddie

Mercury left the shared flat and purchased Austin a property near his new address of 12 Stafford Terrace, Kensington.

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Mary Austin was the first person Freddie Mercury told about his Aids diagnosis / Getty Images

Even after he came out to her as gay, they stayed close after moving in together. She took care of him while he weakened due to an illness associated with Aids, and Mercury frequently referred to her as his sole true friend.

Net Worth of Mary Austin

Mary Austin’s net worth has generated a lot of discussion in 2023. With a notable net worth of $115 million, this English woman is best known for being the ex-girlfriend and soulmate of Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury.

She quit school at 15 and began working as a receptionist, receiving a meager wage. She quickly got a job at Biba, which helped her advance a little. The biggest stars of the day visited this incredibly chic restaurant. For her, it was all enjoyable.


By Nargish Sanam Nakib

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