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Freddie interview in Flexipop magazine (flexipop.com). Their scan was too small, so here is the text:

ON HIMSELF -

“People are apprehensive when they meet me. They think I’m going to to eat them. But underneath it all I’m quite shy.” “If there’s one thing I need out of life it’s excitement.” “I’ve got a terrible temper. When I was a little kid I couldn’t control it. My mum used to get really scared…it got worse when I started to go out with girls. If a girl I liked turned up late or I saw her chatting to another guy I’d try to keep cool and count to ten to hide my temper. But that never worked… I’d give the girl the most awful tirade of abuse. I’d never hit anyone though. I don’t think I could.” “My dear I’m the vainest creature going - but then so are all pop stars.” “To some people I’m still a bitch. I enjoy being a bitch. I enjoy being surrounded by bitches… I’m like a mad dog about town.” “I’ve all kinds of paranoia. Being alone is one. I can’t go anywhere on my own. I always have to have someone with me when I’m shopping - that’s probably because I don’t like being stared at.” “I’m the biggest worrier on earth” “I can be very soft, very slushy and moshy." 

ON MARY -

"We lived together for seven years. She’s the best thing in the world for me. Now it’s pure friendship at the highest standard. We broke up a while because when you’re on the road you are open to all sorts of other influences. It’s hard to keep a permanent relationship going. "Mary is a beautiful human being. I still love her but it’s a different love. I can;t imagine life without her. "We did think of marriage at one time, we still might get married.”

ON THIEVES -

“While I was in Seattle a young American tart came into my room and pillared my jewels and things. She was evacuating the room when I accosted her by the elevator. I pulled her by the hair, dragged her into the room, emptied the contents of her bag and everything but the kitchen sink came out. I retrieved my things and said "Get out you Seattle shagbag!”

ON WRITING -

“I wrote ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ in the bath. I actually dragged an upright piano to my bedside once. I’ve been known to scrabble lyrics in the middle of the night without putting tights on.”

ON SUCCESS - 

“My dear, it’ entirely down to the art school. It teaches you to be more fashion conscious, to be always one step ahead.” “When you have success it becomes really difficult because then you really learn the things behind the business. You find out the real battles. It’s like playing rock 'n roll dodgems. You’ve got to make sure you don’t get hit too often.” “The reason we’re successful darling? My overall charisma of course.”

ON HIS SEXUAL HABITS -

“People can think what they like about my bi-sexual stage image. That’s what I want them to do. I want them to keep the mystique.” - Oh God dear, let them think what they want about me. If I actually said no or yes that would be boring and nobody would ask me anymore. I’d rather they kept on asking. “Oh it’s all just so boring my dear. The private life is up to the individual.” “My sex drive is enormous. I live life to the full.”

ON MONEY - 

'Darling, one’s dripping with money.“ "I have coped very well with wealth. I spend, spend, spend. That’s what money is for. I’m not like some stars I know who after a show rush home and count their pennies.” “Mortgage? What’s a mortgage darling?” “I’ve been going on wild spending sprees. I’ve been told to cool down because the taxman will be coming to take a large sum away.” “The accountants pointed out that I needed to get rid of a bit of money.” (1978) “I’ve spent in the region of £100,000 in the last three years.” “Money may be vulgar - but it’s wonderful.”

ON HIS APPEARANCE - 

“I like leather. I rather fancy myself a a black panther.” “When I look back on all that black nail varnish and stuff I think, "God, what did I do?” I used to feel a need for all that on stage. It made me more secure. But now I don’t. I'be grown up a bit.“ "I like spending money on great clothes. One reason I didn’t like the punk stuff was that I couldn’t bear going around in dustbin knees and safety pins.” “My teeth, I don’t like the way they protrude. I’m going to have them done but I just haven’t had the time. Apart from that I’m perfect.” “I hate pockets in my trousers. By the way, I don’t wear a hose. My hose is my own… "there’s nothing stuffed down there.”

ON BALLET - 

“When I saw Baryshnikov on stage I was so in awe I felt like a groupie.”