Frank Ocean opens up about his sexuality and is ready for the backlash
Frank says he chose to reveal the true nature of his sexuality for the sake of his sanity and was relieved as it removed a huge weight from his chest.
The singer penned an emotional letter last month in which he revealed he fell in love with a man, becoming the first R&B and hip-hop artist to ‘come out of the closet.’ Speaking about his decision to come out, Frank says he has no regrets.
“[It was for my] own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest,” Frank told The Guardian.
“I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way.”
Speculation surrounding Frank’s sexuality mounted after journalists emerged from a listening session for his latest album Channel Orange in London, and revealed some of his lyrics were aimed at men.
“I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” Frank said.
“I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.”
The 24-year-old has received mostly positive responses to his coming out and he says he isn’t worried about the backlash he may receive.
“People are just afraid of things too much. Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American,” he added.
Frank has spoken very sincerely and candidly about his decision to come out. We’re sure he has helped many people find the courage to do the same while putting out quality music at the same damn time.