How Paul Prent betrayed Freddie Mercury before he died and became the villain of Bohemian Rhapsody

How Paul Prent betrayed Freddie Mercury before he died and became the villain of Bohemian Rhapsody

Paul Prenter and Freddie Mercury were lovers who fell out over AIDS-related complications before his death – but what happened between them?

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One figure who has created a stir thanks to the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is former manager Paul Prent.

Brian May said the movie took 10 years to make to make sure it was “right”, but fans still had a lot of questions after its release.

The film follows the queens, from their formation to Live Aid, covering their struggles and arguments and climax.

There are many familiar faces in Bohemian Rhapsody, including all major band members Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

But the main focus is on Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mac’s former manager, Paul Prenter, also played a major role and was portrayed as the production’s villain.

In Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddy is asked by his bandmates why he fired Prent. “Villain,” he joked frivolously.

But how accurate is the film?

Prent was Freddie’s agent from 1977 to 1986, and as the movie suggests, he was criticized for his influence on the star.

His influence was not only on Mercury’s career, they were lovers.

The timeline was adapted in the movie. One major change is that Presenter is fired after Live Aid, not before the movie suggests.

The breakdown of their relationship was a bit more complicated than the debate over how badly Prentice was delivering his message.

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Why did Freddie Mercury and Paul Presenter fall out?

Things really took a turn for the worse when the band released their album Hot Space in 1982.

May and Taylor were unhappy and critical of the album, eventually blaming Paul for his influence on the sound.

The album was not well received, and Q Magazine included it on its list of the top albums by rock musicians to lose their influence.

Prent was also seen at the time as dismissive of the radio’s influence and even declined to be interviewed.

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Freddie Mercury and Paul Prent

Paul Prent being interviewed

Take a look at any Queen fan forum and you’ll quickly find hatred directed at Prent. He was overshadowed by words like “Judas” and “Son of the Devil.”

Most of the hate stemmed from Prent selling his story to a national newspaper after their split.

Their relationship appears to have broken down after Mercury “did the scene” away from drinking and drugs and the way they party.

Prent didn’t hesitate to share details about Mercury’s personal life, his lovers and vices.

He claims Mercury slept with hundreds of men and that two of his former lovers died of AIDS.

“Freddy was terrified that he was going to catch it.

“I’m more likely to see him walking on water than to go with a woman,” Prent said. “Once his friends started dying, Freddy knew his wild life had to stop.”

Prent also spoke about Mercury’s early life, which seemed to shatter his confidence.

“Freddy told me his first gay relationship was at boarding school in India when he was 14,” he said. “When we’re on tour, every night there’s a different guy who might be in bed before 6 or 7 in the morning – but rarely alone.

“He was afraid of sleeping alone, even being alone for long periods of time.”

Mercury moved quickly to fire Prent as his manager.

In 1992, when Rami Malek and co-stars took center stage at Freddie Mercury’s home, Bohemian Rhapsody’s world premiere Ying attracted a lot of stars – he moved out and let Mary Austin move in (



How Paul Prent betrayed Freddie Mercury

Mercury’s lover, Jim Hutton, said the singer saw it as the biggest betrayal.

In his book “Mercury and Me,” he said: “On May 4, Freddy was destroyed by another story about him under the sun. So was I. His old friend Paul Prent put the He sutured.

“AIDS killed two of Freddy’s lovers,” it claims, a three-page story. Tony Bastin, from Brighton, and John Murphy, an airline steward, died of the disease in 1986. Prent claimed that Freddie called him a night late to confide in his fears of AIDS.”

The same article is named Jim Hutton. The pair later found out that Prente had paid for his story.

“We later learned that Prent had been paid around £32,000 by the newspaper for his story,” Hutton wrote. “Freddy never spoke to him again. Over the next few days, the sun grew more and more More, Freddy gets angrier with each episode of Prent’s story. Prent sold several pictures of Freddy with different lovers to newspapers, which were thrown under two pages with the headline All the Queen’s Men .”

Hutton added that Prenter had tried to get in touch with Mercury to explain, calling Garden Lodge,
“But Freddie won’t talk to him.”

Hutton said: “Prent tried to justify his appalling behavior, saying the media had been chasing him for so many weeks and he finally broke down under pressure. Freddie didn’t want to know Prent’s excuse; he felt very Disappointment, it is inexcusable.”

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How did Paul Prent die?

It wasn’t until November 23, 1991, the day before his death, that the singer publicly admitted to having a sexually transmitted disease.

“After the huge speculation in the media over the past two weeks, I want to confirm that I have tested positive for HIV and have AIDS.

In order to protect the privacy of those around me, I believe it is right to keep this information private.

However, now is the time for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth, and I hope everyone joins me, my doctors and everyone around the world in the fight against this terrible disease. “

Prent died of AIDS-related complications in August 1991, just three months before Mercury’s death.

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