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Frank Ocean On Coming Out: “I Hadn’t Been Happy In So Long”

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.

…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.’ …

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…And the part that you love the most is the easiest part for me. So I’ll do it again.”

Bisexual rapper-singer Frank Ocean talking to GQ about his decision to come out in an open letter to Tumblr via Buzzfeed.