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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Jim Hutton was Freddie's live-in lover for the last six years of his life, sharing a love of cats and the quiet life, who was also with the singer when he succumbed to AIDS in Jim, who is hopefully now reunited with 'his man' somewhere, comes across as an affable character who fell in love with the man not the name, but who enjoyed sharing Freddie's home and lifestyle. There are some sweet stories, like Jim's gift of roses arriving with a perplexing note 'From the whiff' which made Freddie laugh, and some touching moments, including Jim presenting Freddie with a 'wedding ring', but nothing too intimate, which I was afraid of. Jim does talk rather bitterly of being excluded by Mary Austin after Freddie's death, and also of being ignored by the remaining members of Queen, but I'm not sure what he expected - Freddie might have considered him part of the Garden Lodge 'family', but I get the feeling that everybody outside of the house were merely kind and friendly to Jim for Freddie's sake. After reading, I did feel like I understood Freddie slightly better, which is more than I can say for all the 'revealing' biographies available about him.
I slipped my arm under Freddie's neck, kissed him and then held him. His eyes were still open. I can remember very clearly the expression on his face and when I go to sleep every night it's still there in front of me. He looked radiant. One minute he was a boy with a gaunt, sad little face and the next he was a picture of ecstasy.
View: PDF. A man sidled up to him at the bar in Heaven, the London gay club, and asked him what he would like to drink. Mercury would often say that by way of an introduction. But the flamboyant showman was nothing like the private man who shared the last six years of his life with Hutton. Had he not died of Aids in , Mercury would have turned 60 on Tuesday but Hutton, 57, is having nothing to do with the many commemorative celebrations. It was only after he and Mercury had sex and Hutton had gone to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee that he was told who Mercury was.
The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in and Even when they first slept together Button 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 Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from until Mercury's death in he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's 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, Mercury's 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 Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.