Freddie Mercury
O cantor zanzibense Farrokh Bulsara mais conhecido como Freddie Mercury (FOTO: Reprodução)

A música do lendário cantor Freddie Mercury tocou os corações de muitos em todo o mundo, mas sua simplicidade raramente vista foi o que fez Jim Hutton, seu parceiro de sete anos, se apaixonar. Para o público e seus muitos fãs, o falecido Rockstar era muitas coisas desde extravagantes ao seu estilo de vida e festas. Mas, para Jim Hutton, que passou os últimos sete anos da vida com ele, Mercury era mundos à parte da personalidade showman que ele era conhecido por seus fãs.

Mercury e Hutton se conheceram no início dos anos 80. Hutton, um cabeleireiro da época, revelou que seu primeiro encontro foi no Heaven, um clube noturno gay em Londres. Mercury ofereceu a Hutton uma bebida, mas ele rejeitou por não reconhecer o famoso cantor. Demorou quase 18 meses até que os dois se encontrassem novamente. Depois de namorar por quase um ano, Hutton se mudou com o vocalista “Queen” em sua mansão Garden Lodge.

Os dois viveram juntos como um casal, mesmo que Mercury nunca disse oficialmente ao público sobre seu relacionamento, mas isso não importava muito para Hutton. Durante seu tempo juntos, a lenda do Rock se referiu carinhosamente a Hutton como “seu marido“, e o pombinho até usava anéis de casamento. Infelizmente, eles não podiam solenizar suas uniões porque os casamentos gays não eram legais na época.

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Happy birthday to Jim Hutton (Freddie's last love and life partner) who would have been 71 today ❤🎊🎩 . Jim Hutton died 10 years ago on New Year's Day 2010, three days before his 61st birthday. ⚫ . ✨Jim first met Freddie at Heaven, a gay nightclub in London. Freddie who was three years older, offered to buy him a drink. But not only Jim didn't recognize who he was (I know right 😁 ) he actually rejected him (not so very nicely 😁) . ✨They didn’t connect until a year and a half later, when they "accidentally" saw each other, once again, at a nightclub and Freddie offered to buy him a drink again. This time, Jim accepted. (Yeayyyy). . ✨They began dating and, less than a year later, Jim moved into Garden Lodge. He kept his job as a hairdresser but he also tended to Freddie's garden therefore masquerading as his gardener when Freddie's parents came over (Freddie wasn't exactly openly out to his parents). . ✨Even though they didn't get married or anything Jim gave Freddie a ring and he never took it off and whenever they were with friends Freddie referred to Jim as his husband. . ✨And as you all know the two stayed together until the very end… . 👉P.S. I don't approve of certain things that were done and said in the post-Freddie era but I'm still so happy that Freddie found stability and a loving relationship when he did and I believe Jim was exactly what he needed at that point in his life. May they both rest in happiness as Jim gives Freddie bubble baths 😍 . #FreddieMercury #JimHutton

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Hutton manteve seu trabalho como cabeleireiro enquanto namorava com Mercury e preferiu manter um perfil discreto e longe do público. A relação de 7 anos teve seus altos e baixos. Um dos momentos mais memoráveis de seu relacionamento foi ver o vocalista do Queen deslumbrar o público no histórico concerto Live Aid em 1985. Hutton disse, recordando a performance: “Eu fui engolido. Você podia sentir o efeito que sua presença no palco teve na multidão.

Em 1987, Freddie Mercury foi diagnosticado com AIDS, e Hutton ficou ao seu lado até que ele finalmente sucumbiu à doença em 1991. A amiga e ex-noiva de longa data de Mercúrio, Mary Austin, que muitos conheciam como seu primeiro amor, também cuidou dele enquanto estava doente, e após sua morte, ele deixou uma parcela significativa de sua propriedade sob seus cuidados.

Mary Austin também assumiu o Garden Lodge, e supostamente expulsou Hutton, apesar de suas alegações de que o falecido cantor havia solicitado que ele ficasse lá. Hutton recebeu £500.000 da propriedade de Mercúrio, o que facilitou a mudança para a Irlanda. Antes de sua morte em 1 de janeiro de 2010, após uma prolongada batalha contra o câncer, Hutton detalhou sua relação com o ícone da música britânica em seu livro, “Mercury and Me.

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💥Mary Austin💥 . Happy 69th birthday to Mary Austin with whom Freddie had the greatest most enduring emotional bond of his life…the woman who was his muse, his "only true friend", and his "common law wife" who stood by him through thick and thin ❤🎉 . ✨Mary grew up in a struggling working-class home in West London and she had to grow up quickly. She dropped out of school at 15 and became a receptionist, and later got a job at Biba (the fashionable store). . ✨One night, she ran into a friendly acquaintance at a rock concert at a nearby college, Brian May. They hit it off and they began dating. The relationship was fun, but it never got serious and they broke up on friendly terms. . ✨Though she wasn't aware of it at the time, she attracted the infatuation of the band's lead singer, a friend of May's called Freddie Mercury. Freddie kept showing up to Biba and a few months later, he asked her out on a date. . ✨Both were financially strapped, so they had to do things together that didn't involve spending money. He was flamboyant in public but she got to see the side he didn't show others. They grew close and moved in together in 1973. . ✨Freddie really loved her but he and Mary were beginning to grow apart and in late 70s he revealed to her that he had been unfaithful to her with partners of his own gender. . ✨ Although the break-up was hurtful, she wasn't bitter, and she took an apartment near their own place, and they remained close. Freddie hired Mary to be the secretary to the the band's publishing business. . ✨Mary was the person Freddie loved and trusted the most and took home to meet his parents as he knew they felt comfortable with her. . ✨ She began to have a life of her own which Freddie wholeheartedly supported. It all came crashing down for her in 1987, when he revealed that he had tested HIV positive. She was the first person he told. One of Freddie's top priorities was making sure Mary was financially secure and left her the majority of his fortune including his Kensington mansion against her wish. . ✨Freddie entrusted Mary with his ashes, the location of which has remained a closely guarded secret for decades. . #FreddieMercury #MaryAustin

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Apesar de sua morte há quase três décadas, Freddie Mercury ainda é lembrado por muitos, e em 2001 ele foi reconhecido por sua contribuição para a história da música americana quando foi introduzido no Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Entrevista com Jim Hutton – 1994