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Freddie Mercury’s ex buried his ashes in a secret location – and people still don’t know where to this day

Josh Milton October 23, 2019
Singer Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) of Queen attends Fashion Aid at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Mary Austin, 5th November 1985. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Singer Freddie Mercury of Queen attends Fashion Aid at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Mary Austin, 5th November 1985. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

The former flame of Freddie Mercury, Mary Austin, buried his ashes and has never told anyone the secret location to this day.

Mercury, who was in a relationship with Austin for six years, asked her to bury his ashes after his body was cremated after his death in 1991.

For the man she loved and cared for so deeply, Austin, 68, was tasked to lay the artist to rest in a place nobody could find as Mercury feared it would be vandalised.

Mary Austin didn’t tell a single soul where she buried her former partner, not even her parents. 

Austin was with Mercury from 1970 to 1976, whom he met through guitarist Brian May. The pair lived together in West London’s Kensington throughout their relationship.

After Mercury came out to Austin about his bisexuality, they called it quits and she moved out but remained close friends.

He even wrote several songs about her, including ‘Love of my Life’, and was the godparent of Austin’s oldest son, Richard.

(Steve Jennings/WireImage)
(Steve Jennings/WireImage)

Decades on since Mercury’s death, Austin has remained silent on any details and even when carrying out the task took the condition of secrecy seriously.

When she asked her driver, who was also Mercury’s, to take her to the location, she never said what for. Neither did she tell the staff of his mansion, which Mercury gave to her.

She told the MailOnline: “He didn’t want anyone trying to dig him up as has happened with some famous people.

“Fans can be deeply obsessive – he wanted it to remain a secret and it will remain so.”

Austin kept her partner’s ashes in his bedroom for two years after his untimely death to AIDS.

Freddie Mercury: ‘I’ll love [Mary Austin] until I draw my last breath.’

The Queen front-person had called Austin the “love of my life” and their undying bond is detailed in a new book about his life.

Austin was one of the few people in Mercury’s closets circles that were with him during his final days. Their bond never weakening.

Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, during Mercury's 38th birthday party at the Xenon nightclub, London, UK, September 1984. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, during Mercury’s 38th birthday party at the Xenon nightclub, London, UK, September 1984. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Freddie Mercury: A Life In His Own Words, originally released in 2016, saw an expanded version dropped last month.

Across dozens of pages of unpublished interviews with the star, he reflected on what was meaningful in his life.

“There have only been two individuals who have given back as much love to me as I gave to them. Mary, with whom I had a long affair, and our cat, Jerry,” Mercury wrote in the book.

“My bond with Mary seems to grow and grow.

“I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me through.

“I still see her every day and I am fond of her now as I have ever been.

“I’ll love her until I draw my last breath. We’ll probably grow old together.”

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