“Throughout Europe, and in America and Japan, wherever I sing I am still approached by Freddie Mercury’s fans. They ask me what he was like to work with. They tell me how much they love him still, that when he died, part of them died with him.

Freddie’s music and his qualities as a human being directly touched the hearts of his admirers, yet he is constantly criticized and his life turned into a moral epic. No one person has the right to judge another person. Freddie lived his life without pretence, exactly the way he felt he should, and he should be respected for that.

Even those finest examples of humanity – Gandhi and Mother Theresa of Calcutta – admitted that they had faults, and if they considered themselves imperfect in any way, who are we to judge a man who brought so much joy and goodness into the world? I find it very moving to witness such devotion, yet I am not surprised because Freddie was a good, non-violent, peace-loving man who was generous not just to his friends and those he loved, but to others who suffered the way he did.

I will always remember Freddie as a good friend, an honest and courageous man – especially towards the end of his life – a man who was very, very special for thousands of people. And you know, thousands of people cannot be wrong”.

Montserrat Caballé
August 1996