Following much speculation about his sexuality, Frank Ocean has published a piece intimating that he is gay or bisexual.
Taking to his tumblr account, Ocean wrote:
"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. Sleep I would often share
with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was
hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been
with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.
"I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my
mouth. I grieved for then. Knowing I could never take them back for
myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he
wouldn't admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and
his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn't tell the truth
about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I'd only
imagined reciprocity for years.
kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn't imagine
keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my
emotions. I wasn't always successful.
"I don't know what happens
now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept any more.
There's probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was
never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do
sometimes. I never was. I don't think I ever could be. Thanks. To my
first love, I'm grateful for you.
"Grateful that even though it wasn't what I hoped for and even though it
was never enough, it was. Some things never are. And we were. I won't
forget you. I won't forget the summer. I'll remember who I was when I
met you. I'll remember who you were and how we've both changed and
stayed the same.
my mother. You raised me strong. I know I'm only brave because you were
first. So thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a
free man. If I listen closely, I can hear the sky falling too."
This news really is a game-changer in a genre of music which has been marred by homophobia and lack of open-mindedness. Hopefully this announcement will go some way to change misguided views in the hip-hop world surrounding sexuality and get fans to welcome instead of ostracize.
Strong work Ocean.
Ocean's album - "Channel Orange" is due out later this month.