Queen legend Freddie Mercury‘s fiancee Mary Austin had a recent interview with Sunday Express, and revealed that Freddie was honest about his AIDS diagnosis, would tell her he didn’t have much time left on his deadly disease.

She said that ‘Freddie was always very protective of me. I only realised after he died, quite how protective he’d been’.

Here’s the entire statement:

“I always had Freddie to turn to and he always had me to turn to if need be. Suddenly, there wasn’t anyone to help me. It made me realise that I wasn’t as self-sufficient as I would have liked to have been. As much as I’d been a friend to him, I realised how much a friend he’d been to me – the fact of just knowing that he was there.

He was always very protective of me. I only realised after he died, quite how protective he’d been. If something happened he’d say, ‘Oh darling, don’t worry we’ll get over that.’ He was uplifting.

At other times, when he was aware he had AIDS and only had a limited time to live, there’d be the odd serious conversation when he’d say to me, ‘Let’s go and sit, we don’t know how long we have.’”

I lost somebody who I thought was my eternal love. When he died I felt we’d had a marriage. We’d lived our vows. We’d done it for better for worse, for richer for poorer. In sickness and in health. You could never have let go of Freddie unless he died. Even then it was difficult.

I’d rather it happened the other way round. I should have gone first – I’d rather he miss me than I miss him.”

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