** My Freddie Mercury **
This blog is dedicated to Freddie,
the greatest rock legend and the best musician of all time.
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Nothing was straightforward with Freddie,
including his love life.
Everyone now knows that while leading an gay lifestyle,
Freddie cherished to the end his inimitable bond
with Mary Austin.
But there was another woman
who had been close to the star,
Austrian actress Barbara Valentin.
In the Munich club and in the privacy of her apartment
Freddie and Barbara
spent many happy hours together.
Freddie told me:
**My God! Finally I can talk to someone
who understands the real me
and what I want to do with my life**
Sadly that life proved to be shorter than he knew.
Once Freddie learned of his illness, at first,
Freddie tried hiding away,
but cutting himself off from Barbara didn’t work.
**After about eight months,*
*my door bell rang, and it was Freddie.**
Freddie just stood there and said:
**I can’t stay away from you.
I can’t live without you in my life.
Take me in and take care of me.**
And I did.
He was in a lot of emotional pain
and he had to work out a way to live with his illness
but it was very hard.
Barbara Valentin was actress.
They met in the mid-1980’s,
when Freddie was having more relationships with men.
Freddie and Barbara purchased an apartment in Munich together,
but Freddie, unfortunately, never moved in.
When Freddie died,
Barbara was advised
not to attend Freddie’s funeral.
Barbara lived together with Freddie in the 1980s
and she supported the fight of HIV organizations
against the disease after Freddie’s death.
Barbara was born in December 15,1940 in Vienna, Austria
Her birth name was Ursula Ledersteger.
Barbara died in February 22,2002
in Munich, Bavaria, Germany after stroke.
She is buried in Munich.
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