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Hobby Freddie Mercury. What was the rock legend's hobby?

Let's find out what, besides music, the brightest rock star was fond of...

What was Freddie Mercury's hobby? Rock legend hobby

A lot has already been said about the fame and incredible talent of Freddie Mercury, and you can talk more and more. Numerous awards, self-penned songs and an incredible voice have made him one of the biggest stars in rock history and one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

The leader of the Queen group, like any talented person, simply could not be content with one hobby. Freddie had several hobbies, each of which reveals an interesting side of his personality.

shopping

Let's start with the fact that Freddie was very fond of shopping. Traveling with the group, he always found time for shopping. He bought clothes, art objects, he liked bright and stylish things that would remind of the places he had visited.

Undoubtedly, such a hobby was in the hands of the fans, who received an additional chance to see their idol in real life. Freddie went shopping surrounded by bodyguards, otherwise it was simply impossible: after all, behind the ring from the guards there was always an even larger ring of fans.

Mercury raided boutiques in style and luxury. He rode in a limousine, in addition to security, he had an interpreter with him.

Once, in Japan, where the group's work was wildly popular, a whole shopping center was specially opened for him. Freddie himself was simply delighted with this! He later said:

“It was just incredible! The consultants behind the counters were my assistants. The rest of the center was completely empty.”

Mercury had a special weakness for Japanese culture, because he loved bright and beautiful things, and in general the actor’s wardrobe had no equal. For example, Freddie was very fond of a silk kimono bought during a tour in Japan. This is the kimono he always wore when he sang the song "Big Spender". In addition to clothing, Mercury had a collection of Japanese dolls and prints.

His house in London was proof that Mercury didn't just buy things he liked, but had his own style: his house had paintings, other art objects and antique furniture. All this reflected his view of beauty and love for a luxurious life.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

But Freddie did not shop only for himself. His relatives say that he was very fond of making gifts. For this, he did not necessarily need a reason, he simply liked to look into the face of the person to whom he was giving some kind of gift. If he bought himself cologne, then upon returning from the perfume store, he distributed bottles of perfume to all his friends.

Freddie was very picky about how his gift was packaged. He even had a favorite shopping center - Harrods. He thought that the gift wrapping was the best there.

At the same time, Mercury's friends ironically recall that when giving gifts, he was not always prudent. For example, he could give an expensive watch, but forget to insure it, and so on.

cats - these are cats

Like many connoisseurs of all things beautiful, Freddie Mercury could not resist cats. 10 cats could live happily in the singer's house. At the same time, they took a place not only in his house (and heart), but also in his music. His first solo album, Mr. Bad Guy”, Mercury dedicated to them. And the song "Delilah" is dedicated to his cat... Delilah.

When Freddie was on tour, he really missed his pets. Sometimes he even called home, in London, and his girlfriend Mary Austin would “hook up” to some meowing pet so that the owner could talk to her.

Freddie Mercury with his pet
Freddie Mercury with his pet

Freddy Philatelist

After Freddie died, many of his things were burned, so we get most of the facts about his early work and about life in general from the stories of friends.

Collecting stamps has its own special charm and adds a very unusual nuance to the picture of Freddie's character, making him even more unique.

Mercury has had this hobby since childhood. Of particular interest to him were stamps from the colonies of Great Britain, because these are stamps of countries that no longer exist, because the British colonies subsequently gained independence and transformed into completely new countries. His collection reflects a time of great change: the period of the decline of empires and the emergence of new political regimes.

Interestingly, John Lennon had the same hobby, and their collections were very similar. In 2016, an exhibition was held in the UK, where both collections were placed side by side to make their similarities even more obvious.

Of course, music has always been Freddie's main hobby, and most of his time was devoted to it, but the singer's other hobbies are very interesting and show him from a new side. A philatelist, a cat lover, a lover of shopping and just a generous person... All this creates the image of a lively, slightly eccentric and very creative personality, that's how everyone remembers Freddie Mercury!

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