The fame game

Frank Ocean reveals he’s in a 3-year relationship (and why he doesn’t like using dating apps)

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Frank Ocean on the cover of Gayletter magazine, (photo by Collier Schorr via Frank Ocean’s Instagram)

In a recent interview with Gayletter magazine, Frank Ocean revealed that he’s been in a relationship with someone for three years and that he doesn’t use dating apps because “It is a little hectic being a famous person on dating apps.”

When interviewer Tom Jackson asks Ocean, “What is it like for you to date? Do you use dating apps?” Ocean responds, “I don’t use dating apps. I’ve been in a relationship for three years. I definitely wasn’t using dating apps before then. I don’t think I would use dating apps now…. I wouldn’t rule it out…”

“I can imagine,” Jackson says. “Too many agendas.”

“Yeah,” Ocean responds. Ocean doesn’t name his partner or provide any other details about their relationship in the interview.

You may recall that the rapper came out in a July 4, 2012 Tumblr post in which he wrote about falling in love with another man at age 19. Shortly after posting the message, he reportedly cried in gratitude of his newfound happiness and openness. However, he has never self-identified as either “gay” or “bisexual.”

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During the interview, Ocean also mentioned that he enjoys rock climbing. (He finds it relaxing and like “little puzzles.”) He’s 6’1″ (and not 5’10” like Wikipedia used to state), says he wishes that he’d taken more pictures of himself earlier in his life and calls reliability the most common trait among his closest friends. He also offers great advice on fame and success within the music industry.

He said that young artists’ conception of fame makes them easy prey for businessmen and added, “Anytime you get into the business side of the arts, there has to be some degree of objectification or commodification that you’re comfortable with.”

Now, when considering any business arrangement, Ocean says he asks himself, “Why am I doing this? What exactly do I want from this? And how do I get those specific things I want out of this? And what does success look like on those terms? And what does failure look like on those terms?

And if you’re curious, when asked about whether he watches RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ocean replied, “Sometimes. I have a friend who really likes it, so I’ve seen a few episodes. But I don’t really keep up with it like I should.”