A life in photos

20-plus rare photos reveal a hidden side of Freddie Mercury that his fans never saw

During his lifetime, Freddie Mercury kept his sexuality a secret (albeit one hiding in plain sight, considering the chosen name of his band).

A newly unearthed serious of photos reveals a different side of the iconic singer, featuring him in several intimate moments with his boyfriend Jim Hutton, and their bond is certainly evident throughout the 20-plus photos.

As Bored Panda reports, their relationship was initially off to a rocky start — Hutton declined Mercury’s advances twice, but finally relented after two years when the singer approached him one night in a nightclub. (Persistence is all.)

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Two years into their relationship, Hutton moved into Garden Lodge with Freddie, and they stayed together up until the artist’s untimely death in 1991. Mercury even offered Hutton an exit from the relationship once he learned he had AIDS, but Hutton stayed with him.

“I love you,” Hutton recalls saying in a documentary. “I’m not going anywhere.”

Hutton was even there with Freddie in his final moments.