Freddie Mercury once declared that Mary Austin was the “love of his life” and he bequeathed his West Kensington mansion to her after his death in 1991 The Queen frontman’s closest relationship was with Mary, who he met in 1974 just as his band were beginning to make their mark on the music world Two decades after the death of Freddie from bronchial pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, his mother Jer Bulsara opened up about her thoughts on Mary Speaking to The Telegraph before she died, Jer recalled Mary as “lovely and used to come to us for meals ” She went onto admit that she wished that Freddie had tied the knot with Mary. Jer continued: “I used to wish they had got married and had a normal life with children But even when they broke up, I knew she still loved my boy and they stayed friends right to the end “I haven’t seen her since he died.” There was no animosity towards Mary despite Freddie leaving her the bulk of his fortune, with Jer pointing out: “Why not? She was just like family to us and still is ” Read More Showbiz editor’s picks Freddie had spoken about where his estate was going before he died and stated that he planned to leave “everything” to Mary In a collection of interviews and statements,Freddie Mercury: A Life In His Own Words, Freddie said: “There have only been two individuals who have given back as much love to me ads I gave to them: Mary, with whom I had a long affair, and our cat, Jerry “My bond with Mary seems to grow and grow. If I go first, I’m going to leave everything to her Nobody else gets a penny, except my cats.” Freddie continued to speak fondly about Mary: “I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me though I still see her every day and I am fond of her now as I have ever been. “I’ll love her until I draw my last breath We’ll probably grow old together.” It was years after Freddie’s death that his fortune finally filtered through to Mary, with her saying that she almost had to give up the mansion as the upkeep was getting too much She said: “It was a worrying time. The taxman had been paid, but without the money coming through, I didn’t know if I could afford to keep the house I felt under a lot of pressure.” Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at [email protected] com or call us direct 0207 29 33033.