After all the dramatics of thirsty queens, supporting fans, confused women and conflicted trade, Frank Ocean has given a bit more understanding as to why he chose to share the story of his first love being male.
In an article for The Guardian, he says it was “about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where … I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest.”
“I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way,” he continued.
There were little hints to his love in songs written prior to the letter he posted on Tumblr, but they went over most people’s heads. “I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he told the publication. “I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.”
“People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American.”
I just love this man.