After Ocean publicly announced his bisexuality last week, the Grammy-winning singer took to her website to applaud the rising R&B star.
Beyoncé posted a black-and-white photo of the Odd Future artist — who earned his stripes collaborating with Jay-Z and Kanye West on their Watch The Throne album — superimposed with a handwritten poem on her official website.
What did Queen B have to say about Ocean’s openness?
Beyoncé wrote, “Be Fearless/Be Honest/Be Generous/Be Brave/Be Poetic/Be Open/Be Free/Be Yourself/Be In Love/Be Happy/Be Inspiration.”
And she’s not the first artist to speak out in support of Ocean. Since revealing his first love was a man in the liner notes for his forthcoming LP Channel Orange, the singer-songwriter — who has penned songs for Justin Bieber, Brandy and John Legend — has been swarmed with a steady steam of praise from the urban music community.
Beyoncé’s husband, hip-hop king Jay-Z, wrote on his website: “We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.”
Russell Simmons chimed in, too. “Today is a big day for hip-hop,” the music mogul wrote in an open letter to Ocean on his Global Grind website. “Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear.”
Many musicians also took to twitter to share their admiration for Ocean. “I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day. @frank_ocean,” Solange Knowles wrote. British singer Rita Ora called him “inspirational.”
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