Frank Ocean on Coming Out: It's About My Own Sanity
Frank Ocean recently announced his bisexuality to the world on his personal Tumblr, and now the Odd Future singer is addressing it was so important for him to come out of the closet.
"I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way," Ocean reveals to the Guardian this weekend. "But there's another side of it that's just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I'm living a life where I'm not just successful on paper, but sure that I'm happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin' boulder on my chest."
How does he responds to the hate?
"People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear," he says. "Me saying what I said on my Tumblr last week? Sure, evil exists, extremism exists."
"Do you just not go outside your house? Do you not drive your car because of the statistics? How else are you limiting your life for fear?"
Ocean had the same attitude when he penned a heartfelt letter confessing that his first true love was a man on July 4.
“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too,” wrote Ocean, who was dating a woman at the time. “We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. ..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.”
Since the news, many hip-hop and R&B artists have expressed their praise in Ocean's courageous act, hoping that he will inspire others to broaden their minds.
Rapper 50 Cent even went as so far to call Ocean's detractors "idiots."
“Obama is for same-sex marriage,” he pointed out. “If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?”
“I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he’s created material that made me know his name, that impressed me, with things he said on a song like 'Novacane.'"
Read the words to Ocean's "Novacane" -- and more of his works -- at DirectLyrics.