I had heard Queen before i became a diehard fan, actually first heard them in middle school. In my choir class, my buddy suggested we do Bohemian Rhapsody for an act, he showed me the song, and i immediately rejected it saying we should do "'Can't Help Falling In Love' by Elvis.
Now note that now i am rather young approaching my late teens, so I'm from the 2000's not earlier. Now thankfully, Dad had a spanning oldies music collection, but absolutely no Queen. So i hadn't had the faintest idea who they were until that day. And still, i saw them as average ok Rockstars. Later on my cousin showed me Bohemian Rhapsody again, now i kinda heard their name often, this is around 2016.
Over the years almost near the end of 2018, I knew who Queen were, heard couple of songs, WWRY, DSMN, WATC, saw them as legends due to public music culture, but still saw them a long haired rockstars with no names. THAT'S UNTIL i saw the movie soundtrack on Spotify, and gave it a listen, and man.... I FELL IN LOVE! I played them on repeat and repeat and repeat, and i realized the BoRhap movie coming out soon, and was hyped for it.
When I entered the theaters, I knew absolutely nothing about the band, just about that the lead guy's name was Freddie Mercury, and when i exited the cinema, I was still singing TSMGO in my head. And did i think i know everything about them. Yes i did. And Looking back, man was i wrong. The movie is really innaccurate in many ways, might i say FBG in 1974!?! and Rock In Rio in 1977?!? but anyways, the movie impacted my life, i was struggling with self esteem and Fred seemed so true to himself and didnt care for what others had to say. Now im very outgoing and everyone loves me now. In over a year i have researched and heard so much Queen, i believe i know too much now.
Queen has honestly changed my life, and even though i became a diehard fan during the movie period, i believe it depends on whether you're a fake fan or not. A Fake Queen fan would be such as one who says they know a lot about Queen, love Queen with all their hearts, and after a short while completely ditching them for something as lets say getting "SUPER" into Elton John because of the 'Rocketman' movie or The Beatles cause of 'Yesterday', both of those are great artists, im not saying otherwise, but if you're just following an artist cause of a "trend" or cause its "relevant", then thats a fake fan. If you only really focus on the actors of BoRhap, then you're their fans, not a fan of Queen. You might like Queen but you're not a fan if so.
Back then lets say the end of 2018, barely getting into Queen, even though i called myself a fan before, i wouldn't say i was a true one then, but developing to become one. If I'm a true fan now, I believe you're a true fan.