Most everyone knows Freddie Mercury’s famous band, Queen. Some of the greatest hits that came from the incredible band, include Bohemian Rhapsody, Fat Bottomed Girls, Under Pressure, and We Will Rock You. People around the globe dance and sing to Queen to this very day. In that regard, they’re not any less famous than they were 30 years ago. The most famous of the bunch was obviously singer Freddie Mercury.
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody showcases Freddy’s life as we follow the star through turmoil as he fought with his family and his sexuality. But there’s much more depth to Freddie than the movie portrayed. Freddie passed away in 1991, and it almost seems as though he earned more stardom after his death than during his actual life. Mercury once said, “It would be so boring to be 70. I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow, I don’t give a damn.” He certainly did live a full life, though it’s full of controversy and mystery to this very day. Check out the most controversial facts of Mercury’s life right here.
He Was Born Farrokh Bulsara
Perhaps you didn’t know that Mercury was born in Zanzibar and was named Farrokh Bulsara at birth. His parents, Parasees from Insia, were named Bomi and Jer Bulsara. In 1946, the couple moved to Zanzibar following an order from the British Colonial Office. Because Freddie disliked his name and found it difficult to pronounce, he decided to rename himself. The star chose a name that would cross the lips of millions of people around the world. In June 1970, Freddie declared his new name during his first show (via Radiox).