Yes, Einstein considered a purely statistical effect, where condensation occurs although interactions are absent. However, for most people the accumulation of particles in the ground state is the key point of a Bose-Einstein condensate. Therefore, most people agree that atomic, molecular, exciton-polariton and photonic Bose-Einstein condensates have been realized. They adopt the modern definition of a BEC (link).
So, to answer your first question, most BEC experts consider superfluid helium as a BEC. In order to convince yourself, you could read the introduction of the Nobel prize speeches.
The second question is harder to answer, because it depends on your definition of "free bosons". E.g. if you work with an atomic BEC, you can use a so called Feshbach resonance to switch off 2-body interactions. However, since you always have some fluctuations in your B-fields, this won't be perfect. Furthermore, the BEC needs to be confined in space. Hence, even if you switch off all 2-body and higher order interactions, the BEC still won't be truly free.