She was working in fashionable boutique Biba and the besotted singer kept going in until he plucked up the courage to ask her out. The quiet, calm West London girl was very different from the always extrovert Freddie and their love grew slowly.
Mary said: “It took a long while for me to fall in love with this man, but once there, I could never turn away from him. His pain became my pain, his joy became my joy.”
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He said: “You can be loved by so many thousands of people but still be the loneliest person. And the frustration of that makes it worse because it’s hard for people to understand that you can be lonely.
“Can you imagine how terrible it is when you’ve got everything, but you’re still desperately lonely? That is awful beyond words.”
“I can only name one really dear person who I can actually open up to and feel really happy with… I might have all the problems in the world, but I have Mary and that gets me through.”
She was entrusted with all the finances for running One Garden Lodge and, most precious of all, with his ashes after he died. As per his wishes, nobody knows Freddie’s final resting place apart from Mary.
The star left Mary One Garden Lodge and the adjoining mews properties, as well as half of all his future earnings from Queen, with the other half split between his parents Bomi and Jer, and sister Kashmira.
He dramatically said: “If I go first, I’m going to leave everything to her. Nobody else gets a penny, except my cats.”
Of course, in the end he made sure everyone was looked after, also leaving £500,000 each to Jim Hutton, PA and close friend Peter Freestone, and ex-boyfriend Jo Fanelli.
Freestone said: “I do think it is significant that, in the end, he gave Mary the house and half of all his future earnings from Queen. That is what he felt for her.”