“It was a very sad day when he died in November 1991, but according to our religion when it is the right time you cannot change it. You have to go. God loved him more and wanted him with Him and that is what I keep in my mind. No mother wants to see her son die, but, at the same time, he has done more for the world in his short life than many people could do in 100 years.”
Freddie on his way to the Fire Temple for
his fourth birthday celebration in Zanzibar. The family might usually have travelled by
local taxi, but his mother Jer says that on this occasion she wanted her
son to experience the more traditional rickshaw ride.
Today is birthday of Freddie Mercury ’s mother Jer Bulsara, who would turn 97 if we hadn’t lost her in 2016.. Happy birthday dear Mother Mercury, thank you giving birth the Legend.. Here is what she said about her son, in her interviews..
“Freddie kept a strict division between his work and his home all his life. If I ever asked he would say, ‘Mum that is business, and this is family.’ He was kind and very respectful both to myself and his father.”
“Most of our family are lawyers or accountants, but Freddie insisted he wasn’t clever enough and wanted to play music and sing,” she laughs. “My husband and I thought it was a phase he would grow out of and expected he would soon come back to his senses and return to proper studies. It didn’t happen. I felt particularly sad when Freddie decided to leave home and move to a flat in west London,” his mother continues. “He was always playing music and an elderly neighbour complained about the noise so he said it was time to go. I told him I understood.”
“He first had a flat and then a big house, also in Kensington, but when he wasn’t away on tour, he would come home regularly. He always liked my cooking, especially my dahls, sweet and sour mince and cheese biscuits. When he was famous and had people to dinner he’d sometimes ask me to make them for him.“
“He was so generous, too. One day he bought me a complete set of antique silver cutlery to apologise for not turning up for a meal. I didn’t like to use it as it was so posh, so only put it out when he came. He also invited us for meals prepared by his cook and made a big fuss of me. When I went into the kitchen out of habit to help, he’d insist I sat down and relax.”
It was a very sad day when he died in November 1991, but according to our religion when it is the right time you cannot change it. You have to go. God loved him more and wanted him with Him and that is what I keep in my mind. No mother wants to see her son die, but, at the same time, he has done more for the world in his short life than many people could do in 100 years.
“After he died my husband and I missed him so much we decided to move to Nottingham, where Kashmira was living with her husband, Roger, so we could be close to our two grandchildren. I have settled in and I am happy up here. I take great comfort today in all the things that happen around Freddie. There are so many tribute bands and I have been about six times to see We Will Rock You [the Queen musical in London].
Most favourite Queen song of Jer Bulsara was "Somebody To Love”..
19th March 2001, Queen were inducted into the ‘Rock And Roll Hall of
Fame’ in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel in New York. Freddie Mercury’s mother, Jer, was also on
stage to receive the award in Freddie’s name.
“I often told him I didn’t like his
clothes and dresses, and tried to get him to cut his hair, but he would
explain it was something you have to do when you are in the pop world
and gradually I learnt to accept it. Whatever he did or
wore I always saw in him the same child I knew, he would tell us lots of
jokes and I could always connect with him.” -
“Freddie respected his family very much and of course loved them as such.
It is true he was always nervous when they would be coming to Garden
Lodge, everything had to be just perfect. Freddie kept his family life very separate to his work/music life, as
her wanted to spare his family exposure to the tabloids and everyday
intrusion by the press.
- Peter Freestone