Freddie Mercury never opened up about the seriousness of his illness to his mother, Jer Bulsara.
The Queen frontman died of bronchial pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, on November 28, 1991, but he didn't want to 'worry' his mother about his condition.
Over two decades after Freddie died, Jer spoke out about the final days of the singer in a tell-all interview with The Telegraph.
When asked if she visited her son at his West Kensington mansion, One Garden Lodge, during his final days, Jer replied: "Of course. He didn’t have to say anything. I knew he was very ill."
The legendary singer kept his AIDS diagnosis from his mother and she admitted "neither his sexuality not his illness were discussed at home.”
Jer continued: "He protected us by never discussing these matters.
“It is quite different now, but back then it would have been very hard for him to tell us and we respected his feelings.”
Jer explained: “Freddie kept a strict division between his work and home all his life.”
Jer passed away herself in 2016 but during the 2012 interview she said that he was living on through his music.
She continued: "His passing doesn’t seem more than 20 years ago. I still feel he is around because his music is played so often.”
While Jer was "reassured" by how much fans of Queen cared for the singer, she said: "None of them love him as much as his mother.”
One of Freddie's closest friends, Mick Clark, has also recalled details of the singer's personal life, in an interview with Express.co.uk.
He spoke about Freddie's extravagance and how he enjoyed the finer things in life, even up to his final moments.
Mick said: "On his last birthday, he just invited 30 of his closest friends and there was 30 different courses done by his personal chef, Joe Fanelli.
“And 30 different types of wine to go with each course.”
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