One of the biggest fan pages of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury shared a rare interview of Mercury’s personal assistant Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone unveiling if Freddie was aware of being HIV positive before being diagnosed back in 1987.
As many of you may know, the iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury wasn’t diagnosed with AIDS until 1987. However, since most scientists and doctors didn’t even know what they were looking at during that time due to the lack of information about AIDS, Mercury passed away in 1991 at age 45 due to complications of the disease.
According to some of his fans, Freddie allegedly already knew he was HIV-positive before his diagnosis since AIDS was spreading around the world quite rapidly and Freddie was aware that something was wrong with him. Yet no official explanation came from him or his bandmates until his definite diagnosis.
One of the most followed fan pages of Freddie Mercury shared a post recently resurfacing a rare interview of Freddie’s personal assistant Peter ‘Phoebe’ Freestone revealing although he was uncertain, Freddie had his doubts since he had quite a few friends who passed away due to AIDS.
Freestone also revealed that even though Freddie knew deep down there was something wrong going on, he ignored his illness since he thought it won’t happen to him. Even after the diagnosis, Freddie was in denial according to Phoebe.
Here is what the interviewer asked:
“Did Freddie ever suspect he was HIV positive before 1987?”
Here is what Phoebe stated about Freddie Mercury’s reaction to the disease:
“I don’t know for certain, all I can do is talk it through. I suppose Freddie might have had some thoughts about it, but I’m not sure he suspected he was sick. Many of us humans have the tendency to think the worst when we have a slight health problem.
Freddie knew about the HIV/AIDS virus appearing around the world, and knew of friends dying from the disease, so obviously that played on his mind. He might have thought he was infected, but again, like many of us, he put it to the back of his mind, thinking ‘it won’t happen to me.’
You must remember in those days it really was a death sentence, it still is today, but now the end can be put off. I think by the beginning of 1987 Freddie had a good idea he was ill, but still put off the confirmation for as long as possible.”
You can see the Instagram post below.