We already have plenty of reasons to love Freddie Mercury. The legendary Queen frontman blessed us with his electrifying stage presence, astounding voice, and gorgeous songwriting. Interestingly, it turns out that Freddie was a true cat lover and actually treated his beloved felines like his children.
Freddie Mercury fell in love with cats in the 1970s when his then-girlfriend Mary Austin brought home a pair of kitties. Freddie grew attached to the kittens, who were named Tom and Jerry, and it didn’t stop there. The rock star went on to adopt more felines who became his family.
Freddie took in several cats, some of which were from animal centers.
After Tom and Jerry, Freddie hosted up to 10 cats in his home. Some of them were from animal centers and were lovingly spoiled by the musician. Freddie’s former boyfriend Jim Hutton wrote in his memoir Mercury and Me about the singer’s relationship with the felines.
“Freddie treated the cats like his own children,” Hutton wrote. “He would constantly fuss over them, and if any of them came to any harm when Freddie was away, heaven help us. During the day the cats had the run of the house and grounds, and at night one of us would round them up and bring them inside.”
The love for cats was something that Freddie wanted to share. The musician reportedly dedicated his solo album Mr. Bad Guy to the aforementioned Jerry and made a note to “all the cat lovers across the universe.”
The names of Freddie’s 10 cats were Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo.
However, Delilah was the true Queen of the Mercury household.
One particular cat even became the inspiration behind a Queen song. Delilah, the tri-colored tabby who captured Freddie’s heart, was often referred to as “the little princess” and was the muse behind the tune.
“’Innuendo’, the last album he recorded with the group, included artwork of Mercury dressed as a jester with cats on his shoulders. It also featured an upbeat song, titled ‘Delilah’. At first listen, you may believe it’s about a woman – at least until the line about her ‘pe*ing all over [his] Chippendale Suite.’”
The life of Freddie Mercury was adapted in the Rami Malek film Bohemian Rhapsody. Interestingly, the cats didn’t play a large role in the movie.
The iconic vest featuring all of Freddie’s beloved cats.
Pixar Film ‘Kitbull’ Is The Heartwarming Story Of A Sad Pitbull And A Stray Kitten
The nine-minute short film captures an unlikely friendship amidst animal cruelty.
Pixar certainly knows how to hit us in the feels. The studio's latest short Kitbull follows a pitbull being forced into dogfights and then finds an unlikely ally in a defiant stray kitten. The friendship between the two lonely creatures will warm even the coldest of hearts.
Disney Pixar released the short film as one of the featured stories on SparkShorts. Kitbull is less than nine minutes long. Nevertheless, the story of a street-wise kitten and an unfortunate pitbull is packed with subtle scenes that send you on an emotional rollercoaster. The short reveals how friendships can spark from the most unexpected places and sheds light on how animals deserve to be treated.
The kitten initially doesn't like the dog in 'Kitbull'.
Rami Malek Wins Best Actor Oscar For Freddie Mercury Performance In Bohemian Rhapsody
He truly is the champion!
He truly is the champion. Rami Malek has just beat out some of Hollywood's finest to take the Best Actor award at the 2019 Oscars for his riveting performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Rami Malek was up against four truly talented stars at the 91st Academy Awards. However, the Mr. Robot lead ultimately took the Academy Award for Best Actor and delivered a heartfelt speech celebrating Freddie Mercury and Malek's own immigrant story.
Malek beat out Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Viggo Mortensen, and Bradley Cooper.
10 Rock Stars Who Are Also Comic Book Writers
Yes, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance wrote ‘Umbrella Academy’ before it was a hit Netflix series!
Make no mistake about it: despite their intimidating looks and stage presence, some of the world's biggest rock artists actually have a thing for comic books.
Yes, these musicians have achieved tremendous success in the industry but as it appears, music isn't their only way of expressing their creativity. Check out this cool list of 10 rock stars who also write their own comic book stories!