Freddie with Miko and Delilah in Freddie’s bed at Garden Lodge, circa 1989.⠀
His love of felines is said to have begun in the 1970s when Mercury’s girlfriend Mary Austin bought them a pair of cute cats – Tom and Jerry. According to multiple biographers, including his personal assistant Peter Freestone, while Freddie toured with Queen, he would call Austin (who was caring for the animals when he was away) to check up on their little critters.⠀
“He’d get to a hotel, we’d dial through, and he really would talk to his adorable cats,” Freestone said. Writing in his memoir, Freddie Mercury, he added, “Mary would hold Tom and Jerry in turn up to the receiver to listen to Freddie talking. This continued throughout the years with succeeding feline occupants of his houses.”⠀
According to some reports, the famous singer eventually hosted a total of 10 cats, Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo. His cats were his family, wrote Freestone, saying that Mercury made sure each cat had his or her own Christmas stocking filled with treats and toys.⠀
Jacky Smith, the Official Queen Fan Club leader of 21 years, said, “Most of them were from rescue centers. We have a charity [in the United Kingdom] called The Blue Cross, which takes care of sick animals. Freddie got at least two from them.”⠀
How much I love the love Freddie had for animals, specially for cats. This really shows what a good person he was, always taking care of his litte furry babies… AH! You can never trust someone that doesn’t love animals, can you?!
Reposted from @freddiemercuryonline