Freddie Mercury admitted he had “wider sexual tastes” but “couldn't fall in love with a man the way I could with a girl.”
The Queen singer - who died aged 45 in 1991 - was openly bisexual and had many lovers. But a new biography Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words obtained by the Daily Mirror claims he only ever loved one person – his longterm partner Mary Austin.
Mercury - born Farrokh Bulsara - refused to reveal the intimate details of his relationships saying: "It would destroy all the mystery if I always explained everything about myself. To actually come out with it and go into huge detail about all those things, to be honest, is a bit beneath me.
"I have maybe a wider sexual taste than most people, but that’s as far as I’m going to go."
But when it came to Somebody To Love, there was only ever one Love Of My Life for Mercury.
He said: "I couldn’t fall in love with a man the way I could with a girl."
Mercury explained: "Our love affair ended in tears, but a deep bond grew out of it, and that’s something nobody can take away from us.
"It’s unreachable. People always ask me about sexuality and all those things, right from the early days, but I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.
"All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible."
Mercury and Austin met through Queen guitarist Brian May in the early seventies and lived together for several years. Mercury went on to have other lovers, before he began another longterm relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton in 1985. He lived with Hutton, who nursed him through his battle with HIV and was at his bedside when he died in 1991.
But in his will Mercury left his London home to Austin, not Hutton.