The late singer Freddie Mercury is known for his amazing and unforgettable voice. He’s also remembered for his battle with AIDS, which he was diagnosed with in 1987 and died from complications of in 1991. Although the world lost Mercury too soon, he was not alone when he passed away. From 1985 to his death, Mercury was accompanied by his partner Jim Hutton.
It was Mercury who first pursued Hutton after meeting him in a club in 1984. Mercury offered to buy him a drink, but Hutton (unaware of Mercury’s fame) said no; he was with someone at the time. Eighteen months later, the two bumped into each other again, and Hutton took him up on that drink. It’s here that they got together, and a couple of years later Hutton moved into Mercury’s home known as the Garden Lodge.
Hutton remained dedicated to Mercury after he was diagnosed with AIDS—even though Mercury said he’d understand if they parted ways. Hutton stayed, however, and cared for him until he passed. This was long before marriage equality; despite that, Mercury called Jim his husband and the each wore rings.
Mercury was a famously private person, but Hutton shared photographs from his personal collection; they appear in his memoir titled Mercury and Me. The pictures are a candid and intimate chronicle of their loving relationship during this time. They also showcase the normalcy of the couple as they celebrated holidays, took vacations, and cuddle with their cat.
Like Mercury, Hutton was also diagnosed with HIV. He died in 2010 from a smoking-related illness.
Freddie Mercury was known for his amazing voice and battle with AIDS. Although the world lost him too soon, he wasn’t alone when he died. His partner, Jim Hutton, was by his side.
The two met first met in 1984, but didn’t get together until 1985. After that time, they were inseparable.
Mercury was famously private, but Hutton shared some of their candid photos in a memoir.
The endearing images show the two celebrating holidays, hanging out with friends, and cuddling their cat.
Hutton—who was also diagnosed with HIV—died in 2010 from a smoking-related illness.
h/t: [Everyday Vintage]
All images via Jim Hutton.
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