The Reason Freddie Mercury Never Fixed His Teeth Although He Was Deeply Self-Conscious About Them
Queen’s legendary frontman Freddie Mercury is without a doubt one of the greatest rock singers in history. He was mostly known for his unique performing style, his distinctive persona, and his four-octave vocal range.
After studying and writing music for years, he formed the band Queen in 1970 together with Brian May and Roger Taylor. He then wrote world-famous hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘We Will Rock You,’ ‘Somebody To Love,’ ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ and ‘We Are The Champions’ which still have a wide audience even today.
After his saddening death in 1991 due to AIDS at the age of 45, he left a legacy behind him which will be remembered with respect. From 2004 through 2009, the band members May and Taylor have performed with Paul Rodgers and from 2011 until now with Adam Lambert under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert. More recently, his life and career with Queen have been adapted for the big screen in 2018’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Apart from being a well-known musical icon, Freddie Mercury was also known for his unusual and remarkable teeth structure. Although he had a huge net worth and he was really self-conscious about his teeth, he hadn’t fixed them.
Why Freddie Mercury Never Considered Fixing His Teeth?
Freddie had four extra incisors in his upper jaw that pushed his front teeth forward which created an overbite, and he was never comfortable with it. He was self-conscious about them as he almost always covered his mouth with his hands when he smiled to hide his teeth as they attracted more attention. He also moved his microphone over his mouth when he was singing, and tried to cover his teeth with his upper lip.
As a part of his insecurities stemmed from this condition, he also was bullied throughout his school years and was called ‘Bucky.’ Because the pair believed his teeth might be an issue affecting their image, Freddie was almost rejected by Brian May and Roger Taylor at the time when he wanted to join them to form a new band. Moreover, this incident even appeared on the biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
Also being the reason he used to persuade May and Taylor, the cause of his desire not to fix his teeth was that Freddie believed his teeth affected his singing ability and his unusual four-octave vocal range. So, he thought that if he fixed them, he would lose his unique singing talent. In other words, Freddie preferred his musical success over his personal image.
Although it is not clear whether he was right or not, Freddie clearly suffered from insecurities throughout his life because of his extra teeth. Letting alone the negative aspects of his rare condition, he clearly had legendary vocal abilities which made him one of the best singers in the world.