Frank Ocean set the music scene off with his decision to stir up some controversy on Independence Day, by putting out a “coming out” letter for his fans, right before dropping his album “Channel Orange”. The unique singer has been super quiet since the letter was dropped, but just recently GQ magazine interviewed him on the subject.
Ocean told the reporter that a male journalist was referencing the male pronouns used in his songs, and this is what encouraged him to write the letter. Ocean stated that after writing the letter, he felt a sense of “relief”.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Frank Ocean would not confirm whether he was “gay” or “bi-sexual”, because he didn’t want to be placed in a box. He noted that he was definitely aware that whatever he decided to reveal could heavily affect his career.
“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.”
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