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Twenty minutes of freedom: the softer side of Freddie Mercury

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There is no denying that Freddie Mercury is one of the most iconic singers of all time. It is true to say he had many troubles in his life – whether that be people mocking him for his looks, or his battle with AIDS.  

This never stopped him from being the excitable, unpredictable character we know and love. Throughout all of his personal struggles, he never stopped helping others. Before his death, he was determined to write as much music as he could for the people, fully knowing his time was limited.  

About his band, he once said: ‘’We are just four misfits who don’t belong together, playing for other misfits, you know? The outcast’s right at the back of the room who are pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.’’ 

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He was known as a huge success within the music industry and lived a very flamboyant lifestyle, yet people did not see the true nature of his character. He was very cheeky and whimsical, but also had a much softer and caring side that was often hidden. 

We don’t often remember the extraordinary lengths he pushed himself to in order to make his friends happy. The story of sneaking Princess Diana into a gay night-club is a prime example of this. Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett dressed Diana up in drag and took her for a night out in one of London’s most iconic gay clubs, The Royal Vauxhall. 

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Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana were friends

Although Diana was only able to spend twenty minutes in the club in case she was recognised, she later said that it was one of the best nights of her life. She had been able to relax and have a good time with her friends. Freddie made this possible for her, simply by saying: 

‘’Go on, let the girl have some fun.’’ 

The brief moment of freedom meant everything to Diana. She was able to be someone other than a Princess for a while and she loved every second of it. 

It’s little things like this that people often forget about Freddie. He wasn’t just this ultimate rock god, throwing wild, outrageous parties filled with sex and drugs. In reality, he was a loving and down-to-earth person, putting other people before himself. Diana was one of many that Freddie helped and it is kind gestures like this that are truly inspiring.  

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About Caylin O'brien

Caylin O’Brien is currently the Sub-Editor for the Clyde Outsider. Last year, she published a personal creative piece and it received a lot of attention from the public. In her second year, she hopes to progress even further in order to achieve her goal of studying PR and Media at university.

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