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In the outrageous Queen video for It’s A Hard Life, Freddie appears as much as the voluptuous girl leaning over the balcony above him. He sings the next basic strains to her: “Two lovers collectively, to like and stay endlessly in one another’s hearts.” This wasn’t a stunt or a video play-acting. The girl was Barbara Valentin and her daughter says Freddie was “the love of her life.” Years later, Barbara might be seen sat at Freddie’s facet at his ultimate birthday celebration, with Mary on the opposite facet.
The video was filmed in June 1984 at Arri Film studios in Munich. The band had recorded a lot of the 1984 album The Works there in addition to earlier album, 1982’s Hot Space.
Since 1979, Freddie had been so taken with the German nightlife and his freedom from the invasive British press that he more and more spent a lot of his free time there. It culminated within the years 1983-5 when he put down roots and purchased a flat with Barbara.
Freddie’s PA and shut buddy Peter Freestone mentioned: “They had probably the most intense, loving relationship. I do know 100% they shared a mattress on quite a few events.”
Freddie Mercury and Barbara Valentin (Image: GETTY )
Freddie Mercury: Barbara Valentin was a German intercourse image (Image: GETTY )
Freddie Mercury and Barbara Valentin on the It’s A Hard Life set (Image: GETTY)
Barbara was infamous in Germany because the provocative star of saucy movies.
Freddie’s buddy Peter Straker mentioned: “I used to be instructed he simply met this girl who was bigger than life. Barbara was very outrageous. She was the queen of nudity.”
Royal Ballet star Wayne Sleep added: “Freddie was with a woman. So I thought.’There you go. He’s not predictable at all, is he, this boy?.’”
Another buddy mentioned: “It was virtually like he loved being with somebody who had a wilder fame than him.
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Freddie Mercury, Barbara Valentin and Mary Austin at his ultimate birthday celebration (Image: SG)
Even Barbara’s daughter Minki Reichardt mentioned: “I do know they have been in love. I do know that my mom was in love with him as a result of she mentioned so.
“I think their relationship was very close and very intense. They really liked the conflict. They were talking, shouting, arguing, and then they were in their arms again, it was always very lively. I think Freddie was the love of her life.”
Barbara’s German buddy Elisabeth Volkmann went even additional: “Freddie liked Barbara. Barbara liked him. And it was a giant love between each. If he wouldn’t be gay, possibly they’re married.”
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During the ultimate years in Germany Freddie additionally met native Austrian restauranteur Winnie Kirchberger. Their tumultuous relationship lasted two passionate years – although neither spoke the opposite’s language.
Whatever her emotions for Freddie, Barbara was below no phantasm about his sexuality. Like Mary earlier than her, Barbara liked and supported Freddie and, on this case, supplied much more important and private assist to the lads’s relationship.
Freestone mentioned: “it was sometimes comical to watch the arguments happening… Both Freddie and Winnie would be screaming at Barbara who had to do her best to try to sort out the jumbled emotions.”
Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend Barbara Valentin liked to shock (Image: GETTY)
Freddie did spend some nights at Barbara’s condominium on Stollberg Strasse above the Oyster Cellar. But the Queen star by no means lived within the condominium he purchased with Barbara on Hans Sachs Strasse. He returned to England for good in 1985 earlier than Barbara really moved in, so he by no means really spent an evening there.
As for his or her nights collectively, Freestone mentioned: “I wasn’t sitting in the room (so) I can’t tell you yes or no if sex happened. If it had, Freddie could not have been quiet about it.”
Either method, the couple remained shut for the remainder of the rock star’s life and Barbara flew to England for one ultimate big day.
In September 1990, Freddie threw his final ever birthday bash. The following 12 months he could be far too ailing.
Hi sclose fried Dve Clarke, who was teh man by his facet when he died, recalled a really intimate night time, full of tos e Freddie liked most, together with Barbara.
Clarke mentioned: “On his last birthday, he just invited 30 of his closest friends and there were 30 different courses, done by his personal chef, Joe Fanelli, and 30 different types of wine to go with each course.”
Barbara herself handed away from a stroke on February 22, 2002.