Published On: Sun, Oct 20th, 2019

Freddie Mercury’s mum reveals he never did THIS at home: Queen star’s boyhood secrets | Music | Entertainment

The world remembers the exhibitionist showman, always playing to the crowd. But what was he like as a boy? The movie Bohemian Rhapsody gave a fascinating glimpse onto Freddie’s personal life but nobody knew better than his beloved mother what he was like long before fame and fortune beckoned. In the main video above, Freddie boldly talks about his rock star life but even after he became a superstar, Jer also remembered her son still needed one thing more than anything when he came home.

Jer painted an adorable picture of Freddie as a young child in Zanzibar, already eager to share his talents, already fuelled with extraordinary self-belief.

She said: “At the age of four or five he wanted to say that he could sing and we used to take him to parties and he would say, ‘Can I sing?’ So I would get a chocolate as a prize.”

After the family moved to the UK, teenage Freddie left school and studied art at Isleworth Polytechnic before going on to graphic art and design at Ealing Art College. He graduated in 1969 but music was always his passion and it had started pouring out of him in his spare time at home.

Jer revealed: “He used to write all his music before going to college put it under the pillow and telling me not to remove any pieces of paper underneath…”

All those pieces of paper, of course, were just the beginning and Jer revealed what it was like when Freddie became a global star.


In 1969 Freddie joined his first band, Ibex, in Liverpool and when it broke up moved on to the short-lived Oxford-based group Sour Milk Sea.

He joined up with Brian May and Roger Deacon in April 1970, leading to a lifetime of wealth and excess far beyond his family’s simple life in West London.

In the interview, Jer was asked how the family dealt with Freddie’s crazy life and partying. Was it ever a problem for them?

She replied: “No, because whenever he used to come and meet his family he was just as normal as ever and used to respect both of us me and my husband and said ‘Don’t talk about business… I want to come home.'”

Of course, he still loved to splash his money of some extraordinary treats for his mum.

Jer said: “He was so generous, too. One day he bought me a complete set of antique silver cutlery to apologise for not turning up for a meal.

“I didn’t like to use it as it was so posh, so only put it out when he came. He also invited us for meals prepared by his cook and made a big fuss of me.

“When I went into the kitchen out of habit to help, he’d insist I sat down and relax.”


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