August 1981: Freddie Mercury appears in Playgirl. No nudity, but Freddie is named one of “The Ten Sexiest Rock Stars” alongside David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Eddie Money.
c. 1984-1985: Freddie helps smuggle Princess Diana into gay bar dressed as a boy. In her memoir, comedy actress Cleo Rocos writes that Mercury and British comedian Kenny Everett dressed Diana in an “army jacket, cap and sunglasses” for a night out at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, south London. More than likely, they drank Bellinis.
July 13, 1985: Queen rock Live Aid, Freddie hits on Bono. It’s regarded as one of the best live rock performances of all time, but what you may not know is that following his band’s set, Freddie hit on Bono. Hard. According to the U2 singer, Freddie got “really playful.” Oh, and Freddie stole Bono’s ridiculous hat during the concert finale.
March 1987: Freddie meets opera diva Montserrat Caballé at the Ritz Hotel in Barcelona, Spain. “I’d never seen him so nervous,” Freddie’s assistant Peter “Phoebe” Freestone recalled later. One night they stayed up singing together by a piano.
April 13, 1985: “Completely assholed,” Freddie sings “Jailhouse Rock” with Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley in New Zealand. Hadley and Freddie finish a bottle of Stolichnaya at the bar, then switch to port. According to Queen drummer Roger Taylor, neither could remember a single word.
2011: Through the power of television, Freddie sings in a Nissin Cup Noodle commercial. He sings his 1985 solo hit “I Was Born To Love You,” and it’s the best thing you will see today.