If you’re a fan of Freddie Mercury, you’re surely aware that the rock musician, also known as “the Ultimate Cat Guy,” had an unhealthy obsession with his feline companions. He also composed a song for his cat, Delilah!
His fondness for animals began in 1970 when he moved in with his fiancée Mary Austin, who brought two cats called Tom and Jerry with her.
Freddie would always contact Austin to look after his four-legged dogs when on tour with Queen, according to various biographers and his personal aide Peter Freestone.
Mister Mercury’s assistant Freestone stated in his biography about how much the rock singer adored his kitties. “He’d check into a hotel, we’d call through, and he’d chat to his cats in real-time.”
Mary would take turns holding Tom and Jerry up to the telephone to listen to Freddie speak. This pattern persisted with successive feline tenants of his homes throughout the years.”
Mercury adored them all, but Delilah, a large tri-colored tabby who was acquired in 1987, was his personal favorite.
The Queen singer loved her so much that he included a song in Innuendo, the band’s last album before Mercury’s death, devoted to her.
According to some stories, Mercury had ten cats: Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo.
His cats were like family to him, and he treated them as such. That’s why he made sure each cat received their own Christmas presents.
Mr. Bad Guy, Freddie’s solo album from 1985, was dedicated to Jerry and the other kitties.
“This CD is dedicated to my cat Jerry, as well as Tom, Oscar, and Tiffany, and all cat lovers everywhere—screw the rest!”
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