Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury's muse Mary Austin is set to receive $51 million from Bohemian Rhapsody's success
Her quiet life came under the limelight when her private story with the Queen's frontman was told in the biopic
Freddie Mercury would have probably never written the song, 'Love of My Life', had it not been for Mary Austin. Known as his "common-law" wife, Austin is set to receive almost £40million ($5,14,07,920) in royalties, a share of the massive success of the Rami Malek-starring, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Based on Mercury's journey as Queen's frontman, the movie went on to earn almost £600 million at the box office and was also recognized as the best film at the Golden Globes this year.
Mercury had left behind a fair share of his £75m estate and almost 50% of his future earnings for the woman to whom he had proposed with a Jade ring back in 1973, but never ended up marrying. However, the two continued to maintain an extremely strong bond, as the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' singer would often claim that no one had ever been able to replace Mary.
He had once said, "All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other. That’s enough for me. I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.”
As for Austin, she was loyal to the end. The two had quickly fallen in love when they met in 1969, and while speaking about her suddenly born relationship with Mercury, she had told OK! Magazine, "He was like no one I had ever met before. He was very confident, and I have never been confident. We grew together. I liked him – and it went on from there.” Austin was probably the only one who knew Mercury for who he was, since when Mercury finally opened up about his sexuality to her, she recalls saying, "Being a bit naive, it had taken me a while to realize the truth. Afterward, he felt good about having finally told me he was bisexual. Although I do remember saying to him at the time, ‘No Freddie, I don’t think you are bisexual. I think you are gay.’”
Austin is one of the four holders of Mercury's future earnings. According to Daily Mail, Queen's future earnings are split four ways- guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon, and Mary who receives around 19 percent. Following his death by AIDS in 1991, Mercury had left her 50% of his future earnings, and 25% each for his parents and his sister. However, after the death of his parents, Austin received their share which increased her earning to 75%, Their unconditional love was portrayed in the biopic by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin.