Queen legend Freddie Mercury’s mother Jer Bulsara’s late and little-known interview with Tim Teeman has been revealed by The Daily Beast.

In the interview, Jer Bulsara admitted that Freddie also didn’t tell his family about his health issues.

Here is the story:

“We gradually became aware he had an illness but we had no idea what it was or how serious it was,” Cooke told me. “Then in August 1990, [Kashmira] and I saw a mark on his foot. It was Kaposi’s sarcoma. “Kash asked what it was, whether it was getting better.

Freddie said: ‘You have to understand that what I have is terminal. I’m going to die.’ That was it. He didn’t say it was AIDS.”

Jer told me that the last time she saw her son was “very emotional, very hard. He asked, ‘Are you all right? Did any of the media worry you?’ We said: ‘Don’t worry about us, dear.’ He was so ill and still, he was being so caring.”

One thing that kept her going, Jer told me, were the letters she got from people (addressed to “Freddie Mercury’s mother, Nottingham”) saying what his songs have meant to them. Had he been alive now, he would have composed rock operas, she thought. Jer laughed as she thought about how Mercury would have celebrated his 60th birthday (probably debauchedly).”

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