Freddie Mercury might have been paying tribute to his love affair with Mary Austin when writing Queen’s iconic hit, Bohemian Rhapsody.
For years, fans have tried to work out what the song actually means.
And while there are hundreds of theories surfing the web, it seems music scholar Sheila Whiteley has another suggestion.
Emerging online since the Queen biopic was released in 2018, the 74-year-old provided her own thoughts on the tune in the book Queering The Popular Pitch.
Here she stated that the word Mama could represent Mary, during the time the singer was ‘coming to terms with gay life and living with a man.’
She explained that the line ‘Mamma mia let me go’ could be the late star’s plea to his former fiancee asking them to break off their relationship.
Freddie and Mary almost tied the knot after the Love Of My Life hitmaker proposed to his girlfriend back in 1973.
However, despite them separating romantically, the frontman of Queen made sure he looked after his girl long after his death by leaving Mary half of his £75million estate, including a £25million mansion in Kensington.
This year, an autobiography by the late star was released, showcasing a collection of quotes and interviews he’d given throughout his colourful career.
And it made sure fans were reminded just how much he loved Mary Austin.
Addressing his sexuality, Freddie confessed: ‘It would destroy all the mystery if I always explained everything about myself.
‘To actually come out with it and go into huge detail about all those things, to be honest, is a bit beneath me.
‘I have maybe a wider sexual taste than most people, but that’s as far as I’m going to go.’ He added: ‘I couldn’t fall in love with a man the way I could with a girl.’
Talking about his almost wife, the icon continued: ‘Our love affair ended in tears, but a deep bond grew out of it, and that’s something nobody can take away from us.
‘It’s unreachable. People always ask me about sexuality and all those things, right from the early days, but I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.’
He concluded: ‘All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible.’