Prenter was Freddie’s manager from 1977 to 1986 and despite having great influence over him, he ended up attracting vast criticism as his mentor.
But they weren’t just colleagues – Prenter and Freddie were also lovers. Things reportedly started turning sour in 1982 when the band released the album Hot Space, May and Taylor were very critical of the album’s sound, both blaming the influence Paul had on their music at the time.
Their fears over the album weren’t in vain either, with Q magazine featuring Hot Space in their list of the top 15 albums in which rock musicians lost their touch. He was also accused of being too dismissive of the importance of radio stations at the time, apparently denying Freddie the opportunity of going on local radio stations despite their evident ability to connect an artist to its fans.
Many Queen fans refer to Prenter as Freddie’s ‘Judas’, after he sold a story to a national newspaper about Mercury’s personal life. As well as detailing his lifestyle, including claims that Freddie slept with hundreds of men, Paul claimed that two former lovers of Freddie’s had died from AIDs. In the interview with The Sun, Prenter had said: ‘It was more likely that I would see him walk on water than go with a woman. ‘Freddie told me his first homosexual relationship happened when he was at boarding school in India when he was 14. While we were touring there would be a different man every night, He would probably go to bed by 6am or 7am – but rarely alone. ‘He has a fear of sleeping alone, or even being alone for long stretches.’ According to reports, it ended up with Freddie firing him as his manager and ending their relationship, refusing to accept his betrayal. Prenter died from complications from AIDs in August 1991.