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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.

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8 Comments

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    so fucking proud to have this guy on the team. quite aside from his excellent music i love how his mind is wired up; lively intelligence and articulacy combined with a cultural awareness conspicuously absent amongst the modern pop culture crowd. he gives the impression he’s actually got ideas.

    much as i love kanye’s sonic adventurousness no one surely believes he’s got anything important to say or can tell us about the human condition. not so with ocean and i feel lucky to be at the start of his journey and look forward to how his talent develops and matures. a real serious artist for our times and with staying power i’m sure. and with swag to spare.

    p.s dayum, he doesn’t smile often but when he does it’s that full on fucking sun-appearing-from-behind-storm -cloud vibe. so goddamn beautiful imho.

  • Dionte

    That’s great, I feel sorry for people who have to pretend to be something they’re not.

  • Eric Auerbach

    He is so beautiful. I want to have your babies, Frank!

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    as for the whole rejecting labels thingy — i get it. and i don’t get it. but i’m willing to trust you on this, frankie, cuz you’re not elton john and this is not the 70’s/80’s, and clearly your’e no coward worried what people think. but, still, that self-hatred can be a sneaky fucker…

    but just maybe it is the start of a new era where such labels don’t matter anymore. maybe that’s a good thing. maybe it isn’t. personally, i doubt we’ve reached that place.

    anyhow, take your wonderfully weird mix of sensitive vulnerability and swaggering cockiness and win the whole muthafuka and enjoy grinding it in the faces of all the haterz.

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    No. 4 · PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID · Member · 61 comments
    as for the whole rejecting labels thingy — i get it. and i don’t get it. but i’m willing to trust you on this, frankie, cuz you’re not elton john and this is not the 70?s/80?s, and clearly your’e no coward worried what people think. but, still, that self-hatred can be a sneaky fucker…
    but just maybe it is the start of a new era where such labels don’t matter anymore. maybe that’s a good thing. maybe it isn’t. personally, i doubt we’ve reached that place.
    anyhow, take your wonderfully weird mix of sensitive vulnerability and swaggering c-ckiness and win the whole muthafuka and enjoy grinding it in the faces of all the haterz.

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    stop with the stupidass moderating.

  • Rockery

    Awesome!

  • scott747

    Whatever his sexual orientation Frank’s “Channel Orange” is truly brilliant.

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