Frank Ocean Breaks His Silence On His “Coming Out” Letter And Addresses His Sexuality [VIDEO]
Frank Ocean caused quite a stir during the 4th of July holiday when he took to his Tumblr page and posted a “coming out” letter to his friends and fans surprise.
The Odd Future crooner addressed his first time being in a relationship with another man as an experience he would never forget. His single “Thinking About You” basically mirrored that experience and up until now, he’s been pretty quiet about it. Now, he’s ready to reveal more and did so with GQ magazine, explaining his decision to put his words out there for the world to see.
During the interview, Frank revealed that it was actually a journalist referencing the “male” pronouns in his songs, who encouraged him to write the letter. Frank said he felt an immediate since of relief as soon as he posted the letter adding, “The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long. I’ve been sad again since, but it’s a totally different take on sad. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.”
Though Frank acknowledged that “coming out” could hurt his career, he said “I had those fears. In black music, we’ve got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family—not even my mother—who I could look to and be like, ‘I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.’ So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that. It’s tempting to give those views and words—that ignorance—more attention than they deserve. Very tempting.
Frank continued, “Some people said, ‘He’s saying he fell in love with a guy for hype. As if that’s the best hype you can get in hip-hop or black music. So I knew that if I was going to say what I said, it had to be in concert with one of the most brilliant pieces of art that has come out in my generation. And that’s what I did. Why can I say that? Why I don’t have to affect all this humility and shit is because I worked my ass off. I worked my face off. And the part that you love the most is the easiest part for me. So I’ll do it again.” For more on what Frank had to say, put up the latest issue of GQ Magazine.
By the way, Frank was asked whether he considered himself to be homosexual or bi-sexual and he didn’t exactly say. What he did say was he didn’t want to be put in a box. Whatever he considers himself to be, there’s no denying his great talent. Speaking of which here’s a couple of my Frank Ocean favorites: