Late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s personal life has become a media focus since the release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ last year, and the Mirror published an article that explores Paul Prenter, Mercury’s one time lover and manager, who unloaded on Mercury’s personal life in the film on television in the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film, though in reality he sold his allegations to a newspaper.
He claimed Mercury had slept with hundreds of men and had his first homosexual experience as a teenage boy.
“Freddie was so scared he would catch [AIDS].”
“It was more likely that I would see him walk on water than go with a woman. Once his friends started dying, Freddie knew his wild life had to stop.”
Prenter also spoke about Mercury’s daily life, “Freddie told me his first homosexual relationship happened when he was at boarding school in India when he was 14,” he said. “While we were touring there would be a different man every night, He would probably go to bed by 6am or 7am – but rarely alone.
“He has a fear of sleeping alone, or even being alone for long stretches.”
Mercury quickly fired Prenter, feeling completely betrayed by his longtime confidante. Prenter died in August 1991 from AIDS complications, just a few months before Mercury succumbed to the disease in November 1991. Prenter’s quotes came at a time during rampant homophobia, before the LGBTQ community gained more rights in the United States.