Who were Freddie Mercury's parents? Queen singer's family explained

20 August 2021, 16:20

Brian May with Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara in 2011
Brian May with Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara in 2011. Picture: Getty

Freddie Mercury became one of the world's most popular and iconic popstars after finding fame with his band Queen in the 1970s.

Freddie and Queen - Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon - took on the world with many famous hit singles and legendary live performances until Freddie's untimely death in 1991.

But before Freddie joined Queen, he was known by his family and friends as Farrokh Bulsara.

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As shown in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie was brought up in a loving family, even if they weren't too sure about Queen's prospects at first.

Who were Freddie Mercury's mother and father?

Freddie’s father Bomi Bulsara was one of eight brothers, and he grew up in the small town of Bulsar, near today’s Mumbai, India.

Bomi and his brothers eventually settled in Zanzibar, and he found employment with the British Government as the high court cashier. He also often returned to India for business.

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During one trip back home, Bomi met Jer, and she followed him to Zanzibar after they got married.

Freddie was born as Farrokh Bulsara in 1946, and his younger sister Kashmira was born six years later.

Freddie Mercury's parents at his statue
Freddie Mercury's parents at his statue. Picture: Rex Shutterstock

He spent most of his childhood in India, and he returned to Zanzibar in 1963. However, his family fled to England one year later, after the Zanzibar Revolution.

Freddie’s mother Jer later said that he never discussed his sexuality with his family, and avoided talking about work in general.

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“Freddie kept a strict division between his work and his home all his life. If I ever asked, he would say, ‘Mum, that is business, and this is family.’ He was kind and very respectful both to myself and his father,” she told The Telegraph.

When did Freddie Mercury's parents pass away?

Freddie's father Bomi passed away in 2003, aged 95.

His mother Jer died in 2016, aged 94. Queen’s Brian May paid tribute to her at the time, saying she was “a keen follower of [their] progress as a band”, and that she came to see them perform whenever they were near.

Who is Freddie Mercury's sister?

Born in 1952, Freddie's younger sister was Kashmira Cooke.

Kashmira Bulsara and her son Samuel in 2018
Kashmira Bulsara and her son Samuel in 2018. Picture: Getty

She has often appeared at various events about Freddie or Queen, including the premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Now divorced, Kashmira was previously married to Roger Cooke, a sales rep for Singapore Airlines, from 1972. The couple has two children, including a son named Samuel.