What is love? I think it’s something different for each person of course but I can assert that the in-love ‘love’ for Freddie started with him feeling comfortable in the company of someone to whom he was going to commit. He would then start to find out things about his intended, a gradual process perhaps lasting some weeks. Strangely, if he found something that was unpalatable in the person’s character, he would often dismiss that information and forget it because he could balance it up with the good things he was discovering.
I don’t think he ever fell “in love” at first sight or anything like that. He loved people, sure, but each person received a different facet of the total love he bore. No one person exclusively received that total love. Ever.
Love is very difficult to understand.
Freddie’s love started with trust. I think that was the only thing that was common to everyone he loved in wherever way. When he stopped trusting someone he stopped loving them. Oddly, he only ever counted the good things about people, his friends. I think it’s why he spent so much time with people whom we on the inside saw on the outside as having a lot of bad points. Freddie would never see these.