Odd Future's Frank Ocean Comes Out About His Sexuality
July 4, known as Independence Day, has served a purpose for Odd Future's Frank Ocean.
On his Tumblr account, Ocean, 24, opened up about his sexuality, announcing that his first love was a man.
The rising R&B singer behind the single "Novacane" and the self-released album "Nostalgia, Ultra," felt he needed to clear the air about the speculation surrounding his sexuality. According to LA Times, a blogger briefly mentioned that Ocean sings about love on a number of tracks on his upcoming album "Channel Orange" using "him" as opposed to "her" really sparked curiosity and has "dominated the blogosphere."
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According to LA Times, Ocean wrote what was originally meant to appear in the liner notes for "Channel Orange" in a preface note. "Channel Orange" is his Def Jam debut album, and is due to release July 17, 2012.
"Whoever you are, wherever you are...I'm starting to think we're a lot alike. Human beings spinning on blackness," the heartfelt letter begins. The letter goes on to say, "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile."
"By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There no was escaping, no negotiating with the feeling, no choice. It was my first love, it changed my life."
The letter goes to talk about Ocean's emotions as he was dealing with his sexuality.
"In the last year or 3 I've screamed at my creator," he admitted. "Screamed at clouds in the sky. For some explanation. Mercy maybe. For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow."
The R&B singer, who also has written songs for John Legend and Beyoncé, talked about how he dealt with having a girlfriend while in love with this man, and how the man had the same situation. "He wouldn't tell me the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I couldn't imagine keeping up my life without him."
Ocean continually gave thanks to the people he told, saying that they kept him safe and kept him alive. He thanks his first love and his mother.
According to the New York Daily News, the confession marks a groundbreaking moment in the hip hop world because Ocean is one of the first artists to come out about his sexuality.
Even though the singer expressed that he doesn't know what will happen next, it's all right for him because "I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore." He ends the letter saying, " I feel like a free man. If I listen closely...I can hear the sky falling too."