Earlier this week, Odd Future singer Frank Ocean confirmed his sexuality and rumors he is gay on Tumblr. He wrote,
What i’m about to post is for anyone who cares to read. it was intended to fill the thank you’s section in my album credits, but with all the rumors going round.. i figured it’d be good to clarify..”
He then penned an open letter in which he talks about his first love, which was with a man.
Four 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 realized 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 don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore … I feel like a free man.”
It was a very brave think for Ocean to do, and he is receiving support from fellow musicians.
Tyler the Creator: “My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That Sh** Is Difficult Or Whatever.”
Solange Knowles: I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day. @frank_ocean.”
Rita Ora: Once a brave soul opens up life doesn’t seem as hard as you thought it was. @frank_ocean inspirational“
Trina: I don’t think [Frank's] music sales or the level of support his music obtains should be judged based on his sexual preference. If he’s happy and comfortable with his sexuality then so be it. I feel his decision to come forward was bold and honest. It’s his life. Let him enjoy and live it. I wish him much success and happiness.”
Jay-Z’s lifestyle website, Life + Times, put up an open letter to Ocean, giving him props for showing ”great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one.”