Did Freddie Mercury actually come out in the Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics?

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According to new claims, Freddie Mercury came out in the lyrics of the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody.

The theory is that the Queen star came out in the lyrics to the 1975 hit.

Biographer Lesley-Ann Jones revealed the theory, which was backed up by songwriter Tim Rice.


It was revealed on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the single by the Mail on Sunday.

According to Rice, the line “mama I just killed a man”, refers to Mercury killing off his old self.

He adds that the line “Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead”, refers to the shedding of his former self for an out gay image.

“Do I think he managed it? I think he was in the process of managing it rather well,” said Rice.

Mercury’s sexuality was the subject of speculation for some time, with some claiming that he kept it a secret, and others saying he spoke openly about it.

He died at his home in Kensington on 24 November 1991 from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia.

Queen topped the UK singles chart for nine weeks with Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. More than 2.5million copies of the single have been sold since it was first released.