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As the newly released Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ continues to dominate the box office (currently standing at a whopping $472.2 million), Freddie and his band continue to be the subject of in-depth analysis and historical exploration. More and more each day, friends and family members of Freddie reveal more unknown details about him. Whether it’s little-known facts or private conversations, more and more is becoming known about the rock legend.
In fact, Lesley-Ann Jones, author of Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury, was recently interviewed by Billboard and gave an honest accord of certain conversations she had with Freddie, one of which contained a heartbreaking confession.
During the interview, she recalled one particular memory where she was “sitting with him late at night on the banks of Lake Geneva in Montreux” in 1986. “Freddie talked that night about being ‘imprisoned’ by fame. He said he wanted to be buried there without fanfare when his time came – he already knew his days were numbered. ‘Just throw me in the lake when I go,’ he said.”
For someone who was as good at handling fame and as good at entertaining the masses as Freddie was, it sure is heartbreaking to hear that he felt imprisoned by his fame. The mystique of Freddie Mercury lives on even all of these years after his passing, so it’s always going to be hard to truly understand just what he felt on a daily basis. Nevertheless, he left behind a legacy that is simply unmatched and always will be. We miss him more and more everyday.
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