Freddie Mercury and “Bohemian Rhapsody”- the film (2)

…  One night, Mary, now pregnant, visits him and asks him to return to the band, as they have been offered a spot in Bob Geldof’s Live Aid benefit concert for Africa at Wembley Stadium. Discovering that Paul didn’t inform him about this opportunity, he confronts him and breaks up with him. To take revenge on him, Paul goes on TV to expose Mercury’s private life (In reality he was fired for selling the singer’s personal information to UK newspapers, not for failing to tell him about Live Aid). He gives details about their own affair, Freddie’s lifestyle as a gay man and his sexual adventures, remarking how his former lovers were dying of AIDS.

Freddie returns to London to ask for forgiveness from his bandmates and manager. They are reconciled and are given a last-minute slot in Live Aid. With the outbreak of AIDS spreading worldwide, Freddie discovers that he is infected. He reveals this to his bandmates during a rehearsal, and they embrace. (In real life Mercury did not learn that he was HIV-positive before Live Aid. He may have already suspected that he had contracted the virus, but it was an AIDS test in late 1985 that delivered the terrible result).
On the day of Live Aid, 13 July 1985, he is reunited with Jim Hutton and Mary, and reconnects with his family. On leaving his parents, he repeats a religious saying that his father, a devout Parsi, continuously reminds him: “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds. Just like you taught me, papa. ” (That is one of the basic maxims that sum up Zoroastrian morality, together with “There is only one path and that is the path of Truth” and “Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, and then all beneficial rewards will come to you also.”)
Their 20-minute performance is one of the greatest in the history of rock music. Queen perform some of their best-known hits, while a stadium audience of 72,000 people clap, sing, and sway in unison. This massive success helps increase the rate of donations during the event.
Queen start with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, where Freddie blows a kiss to the camera for his family, followed by other songs and finally “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, where people sing along to.
The final text gives some more information about the singer, who died in 1991 from AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 45.

He remained good friends with Mary Austin until his death (and he left her his estate).

When he died, Jim Beach and the surviving members of Queen joined to create the Mercury Phoenix Trust to help fight AIDS worldwide.

He was in a relationship with Jim Hutton for the rest of his life. Despite his success, Freddie’s sexuality was a source of tension at the time, especially in the hyper-masculine world of rock and roll. He never came out to the press and he was often mocked and hated for his orientation, but his bandmates always stood by his side.
After revealing to Hutton that he had AIDS, Mercury told him that he would understand if he wanted to leave, but Jim replied, “I love you, Freddie, I’m not going anywhere.” Hutton himself was diagnosed with AIDS in 1990, and it took him a year to break the news to Mercury.
Freddie, who had been diagnosed as being HIV positive in 1987, decided not to make his illness public and denied that anything was wrong. In spite of his disease, the band continued making albums, and Mercury responded to his condition with songs like “Who Wants To Live Forever?” and “The Show Must Go On”.

On 23 November 1991, Mercury called Queen’s manager to his Kensington home to discuss a public statement, confirming that he had AIDS. On the evening of 24 November 1991, just over 24 hours after issuing that statement, Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia, a complication of AIDS

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