Queen frontman Freddie Mercury remains one of the most fascinating figures in pop history. Aspects of his life are still discussed frequently even today. But one person from his inner circle remains quite enigmatic: the woman Mercury once asked to marry him. After his death, she inherited a vast sum of money – and some harsh responsibilities. Indeed, the full story of her and Mercury is a fascinating one.
Everyone knows the name Freddie Mercury, but fewer people are familiar with Farrokh Bulsara. That was the name Mercury’s parents gave him when he was born in Stone Town, Zanzibar, in 1946. Since Zanzibar was a British protectorate at the time, he gained automatic British citizenship upon birth, which proved vital later on in Mercury’s life.
Mercury had a happy childhood in Stone Town, but in 1964 the Zanzibar Revolution erupted. The conflict saw Indians and Arabs being targeted and killed, and it led to the whole Bulsara family leaving their home behind to head for the safety of England. At the age of 17, then, Mercury was a refugee and had to start his life anew.