Freddie Mercury & Jim Hutton – A match made in a nightclub called Heaven

Hooked, Hitched & Hung Up with Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne

Jun 28 2022 • 33 mins

As the era-defining singer, songwriter and front man of rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s life story is bursting with great romances. And none were greater than his last - those picturesque and peaceful final years, spent with Irishman Jim Hutton at the idyllic Garden Lodge.

But Freddie’s romantic life was complex and nuanced, and dominated by two great and enduring loves.

The man who nursed him on his death bed and the woman who inherited his fortune.

For the seven years leading up to his death, hunky Irish hairdresser Jim Hutton was by his side. Jim was Freddie's life partner and the man who cared for him in his final days.

But there was also Mary Austin, Freddie’s best friend, one-time fiancée and eventually the beneficiary of much of his estate, and the only person who knows where the star’s remains were laid to rest.

Why did Mary kick Jim out of Freddie’s house? And how did Jim turn down Freddie Mercury, the most beloved rockstar on the planet, when they first met in a nightclub in the 80s?


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Hosted by Laura Byrne and Britt Hockley.

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