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I confess, ever since seeing Bohemian Rhapsody (three times!), I’ve become obsessed with Freddie Mercury. The movie was everything I had hoped for and then some. I loved everything about it: the wonderful portrayal of Freddie Mercury, even if it strayed quite a bit from the truth for dramatic effect, the perfect casting and phenomenal acting, and of course, the music. And I loved how the cats were represented in the movie. I knew Freddie Mercury was a cat lover, but I had no idea just how much he loved cats.
I’ve since read two different Freddie Mercury biographies, Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton, Mercury’s partner for the last seven years of his life, and Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones, and while there are quite a few discrepancies in some of the facts surrounding this iconic talent, there is no question that Freddie’s cats were important to him. According to many different biographers, including his personal assistant Peter Freestone, he would often call home when he was on tour and ask that the cats be put on the phone so he could talk to them.
I recently came across this lovely video on Facebook that introduces all of Freddie’s cats, along with some wonderful photos and information about his relationship with them. (Don’t let the somewhat bumpy English in the captions distract you, I think English was probably a second language for the creator.)
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