Vintage Photos That Were Never Edited - Look Closer

Uncategorized | February 6, 2019

Freddie Mercury and his former girlfriend/lifelong friend Mary Austin in the 1980s.

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There’s never been a closer relationship in rock and roll than that of Freddie Mercury and Mary Austin. The two first met in 1969 just after Mercury graduated university with big dreams of stardom and Austin was a shop girl. The two were quickly an item and moved in together. The two were married in 1974 and she was there for every moment of Queen’s ride to the top of the charts, and many of their biggest singles were written for her.

In 1976 Mercury and Austin’s relationship evolved from lovers to that of best friends when they divorced and she moved into a home next to Mercury’s so the two could be close even when they were apart. Austin continued to tour with Queen, and she stayed by the singer’s side until his death in 1991. 

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.