Not only was he the perfect combination of showman and lyrical genius, but he was also a really kind, shy and understated man in his private life, despite all the glitz, glamour and lavish parties that fame thrust upon him.
Now, if all that isn't enough to cement him into the forever cool and amazing hall of fame, then maybe you'd like to know that he was also a huge animal lover and absolutely ADORED Cats! I don't know about you, but to me, that would be enough on its own. Who doesn't love a man who loves cats!?
Freddie thought the world of his felines and treated them like his own children and the pictures that we have to show you are absolutely charming and adorable in equal measure!
They show the sheer love and admiration that Freddie had for his furbabies and whether you not you love cats or just love Freddie himself, these pictures guaranteed to make your heart melt!
When his then-girlfriend Mary Austin, gifted him a pair of two gorgeous felines named Tom and Jerry! Which is so sweet in itself, because I've never had anyone in my life who has loved me enough to buy me cats!
According to numerous sources, one of which is his personal assistant (Peter Freestone) while Freddie was off touring the world with Queen, he always made sure to call Mary (who would always care for his kitties when he was away) to check up on his newfound furbabies. Take it from me when I say that is definitely the start of a life long cat obsession!
Writing in his memoir about Freddie, he adds,
How utterly adorable is that!? Looks like Freddie always had 'crazy cat dad' just waiting to come out of him! Thank god for Tom & Jerry!
They weren't just pets to Freddie or something to claim ownership of, they were his family, his children and his best friends.
Sure, ten cats may seem a lot to some people, but when you're a worldwide famous rock star which trillions of cash, then why not give something back to something you love!? I think it was an amazing thing to do and it shows how much of a kind and caring man he truly was.
Jacky Smith, who was the Official Queen Fan Club leader of 21 years stated that,
People often say that fame and fortune don't bring happiness, so it would be nice to think that Freddie's love of cats came from an innate maternal and spiritual need to feel more grounded and loved...and to me, there's no better thing for that than having animals in your life! The unconditional love they provide is abundant.
I think I may cry right now... I hear you, Freddie! I hear ya!
Now, you'd think that Freddie would have had some influence on that, but apparently, Brian May is also a huge cat lover and has owned many cats himself over the years, he's also apparently been quoted as saying that he's definitely a cat person opposed to a Dog person!
So, it looks like Queen were a total crazy cat loving band...that'll definitely do for me! Just when you thought you couldn't love them anymore....
Oh my god, I think I'm going to cry...if you're about to join me in some pathetic, soppy, cat-based bawling, then hold on because we're done yet...
If this wasn't cool, sweet and adorable enough already, but on closer inspection, you will find that these aren't just any old cats...they're actually Freddie's own!!
14. Deliah definitely seemed to be at the forefront of his kitty brood!
Deliah sounds like my kinda' cat! & What an adorable chonk of a cat she was!
It sounds like she was a total diva and the perfect kitty soul mate for Freddie!
I totally understand that though, as an animal lover, there's no worse feeling than when your furbabies are poorly...but when you're not even there to be with them, then it's an unbearable, heartbreaking situation!
I'm actually wishing that I could have been one of Freddie's cats right now, it just sounds like such an idyllic life for them all. What a beautiful man he truly was to give those kitties such an amazing life!
It seemed like with any human being, Freddie craved love and stability in his life...and sadly, with the kind of lifestyle that comes with fame and fortune, that doesn't always work out very well, as he found out...but at least he could always depend on his cats for trust and unconditional love.
We hope you are at peace now Freddie and that your beloved cats have been reunited with you...
We still love you....