Freddie’s fiancee windfall
IT was panned by critics, but Golden Globe winner Bohemian Rhapsody has hit the cash windfall by making a billion dollars at the box-office.
Now the huge success of the movie about the band Queen will see Mary Austin, the former fiancee of lead singer Freddie Mercury, pictured, scoop about $80 million in royalties.
She met Mercury in 1970 when she was a 19-year-old art student and they moved in together before he was famous. Though their engagement ended when he told her he was gay, the pair remained remarkably close for the rest of his life.
And after his death in 1991, he left her 50 per cent of his future earnings. A further 25 per cent went to his parents and 25 per cent to his sister.
Miss Austin’s share increased to 75 per cent after the death of Mercury’s parents. He had also left her his 28-room $40 million west London mansion, as well as the bulk of his $20 million fortune – including his art collection and Louis XV furniture.