Freddie mercury and jim hutton

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Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton

The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercurys jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercurys death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercurys closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes about as well as a deep understanding of, Mercurys life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercurys private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.
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Jim Hutton - Interview (1994 The Big Breakfast)

The whole story of Freddie Mercury has to include Jim Hutton. He was a closed book during his lifetime when questioned about his sexuality, although it was widely speculated that he was gay or bisexual.
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Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton – A Special Bond and Private Relationship

Nevertheless — and despite plenty of adversity and a tragic ending to their story — this pairing was, for both men, the relationship of a lifetime. Hutton, born in Carlow, Ireland in , was working as a hairdresser and failed to even recognize the singer. Of course, dating a celebrity was not without its trials for Hutton. He recalled how one day they had a huge fight after he saw Mercury leaving Heaven with someone else, which the singer claimed he had done just to make his partner jealous. On stage, Mercury was the ultimate showman who would electrify crowds.


Jim Hutton, a "handsome and charismatic Irishman," worked as a hairdresser in London before meeting the music icon and becoming his lover. The duo would go on to spend the remaining seven years of Mercury's life together. Hutton, one of ten children born to a family in Carlow, was working as an apprentice hairdresser in the Savoy Hotel when he met Mercury. Their transition into a monogamous relationship was far from straightforward, as Mercury was at the height of his fame. He told me he did it to make me jealous. Then one day I saw him leaving his Kensington flat with another guy and we had an argument.

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