Freddie thought up the name Queen. He said: “It’s very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid. It’s a stromg name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it.”
Mercury had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin. However, their relationship ended when he began having an affair with a male who worked at Elektra Records. Mercury and Austin remained close friends, though. He once said of her: “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary [Austin], but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary and I don’t want anybody else.”
‘Made In Heaven’ was recorded at the end of Mercury’s life. Brian May said of the recording process: “I think our plan was to go in there whenever Freddie felt well enough, just to make as much use of him as much as possible, we basically lived in the studio for a while and when he would call and say ‘I can come in for a few hours’, our plan was to just make as much use of him as we could.”
According to Mercury’s friend David Wigg, the star believed his stage image prevented him from keeping relationships. “I created a monster. I’m handicapped because people think I’m like that. When I’m trying to get a relationship together I’m the nicest person you could meet, my dear. I’m a peach,” he told his friend.