Freddie Mercury’s closest friend reveals the BEAUTIFUL thing Bohemian Rhapsody DIDN’T show
Bohemian Rhapsody revealed a little of the man behind the myth. But one of Freddie’s oldest and best friends says it didn’t show one of the most special things about the legendary star. Peter Freestone was Freddie’s PA for the last 12 years of his life. He lived with the Queen frontman at One Garden Lodge and was there in his final hours. In an exclusive interview with Express Online, he tells us his favourite memory of Freddie.
Peter knew Freddie better than almost anyone and smiles just thinking about his dear friend.
He says: “The film could have shown Freddie a little more happy. You don’t really see him laugh. He loved to laugh. Sure, in interviews he would talk about his troubles, but it was to create drama, that mystique, that rock star persona.
“For example, whenever he was asked where he was from, it was always ‘Oh, I’m of Persian descent.’ He wasn’t really. The Persians threw the Zoroastrians out a thousand years ago, but it didn’t matter to Freddie because it sounded fabulous.”
Most remarkably, Peter describes what was so incredible about Freddie laughing with his friends at home. It was something nobody ever saw in public.
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Peter says: “If someone says the name Freddie Mercury I think if him at home with his friends laughing. I can still hear him.
“In public when he laughed he would cover his teeth with his lips or bring up his hand. But at home, he relaxed. He let us see the real him.”
Freddie was always self-conscious about his large front teeth. In most interviews and photos he rarely fully smiles. According to Peter, one of the reasons Freddie never had any work done on his teeth was the belief that the shape of his mouth was vital to the sound and timbre of his voice.
Peter also consulted on the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and has strong words for anyone who complained that it whitewashed the past or showed false events and timelines.
Peter says: “Bohemian Rhapsody did an incredible job. I always say to people who criticise, ‘It is a film, not a documentary.’
“It’s part of my life, I should have more reason to complain about things that are wrong than the fans but, sorry, it’s a film. If you want a documentary, there are loads on Youtube you can watch.”
Peter was in town to promote the new box set Never Boring, which collects all of Freddie’s solo works, as well as rare and unseen photos, sketches, notes and thoughts. He told Express Online it gives fans a remarkable chance to discover “the real Freddie.”
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