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Frank Ocean Comes Out The Closet Via Letter Posted On Tumblr


Frank Ocean is a brave soul. Last night in the early a.m. (on the east coast anyway), the Odd Future crooner took to his Tumblr to clear up the rumors about his s-xual preferences.

It started with a post titled “BASEDGOD WAS RIGHT,” which contained the following message:

we’re all a bunch of golden million dollar babies. my hope is that the babies born these days will inherit less of the bullshit than we did. anyhow, 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.. 

The next post Ocean dropped on his Tumblr was a photo of a letter dated December 27, 2011. Titled “thank you’s” and written while on a plane heading back to Los Angeles from his native New Orleans, Ocean details falling in love with another man about four years ago and the emotional toll it took on his conscious. By the end of the sincere, heartfelt letter, the singer born Christopher Breaux writes, “I feel like a free man.”

If you think Frank Ocean is not the first or the last R&B singer to be something other than hetero, you’re kidding yourself. Plenty of crooners singing your favorite R&B or Soul jams that you naturally assume were directed at women, were thinking of men while hitting those high notes. But to be one of the hottest up and coming artist in this Hip-Hop world and come out the closet is next level.

So will this news effect your opinion of Ocean’s music? If so, ask yourself, Why?

Read the entire letter on the next page. Frank Ocean’s debut, Channel Orange, is out July 17th. Happy Independence Day, Frank.


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  • Nobodies of Note – JET

    I’m curious how (seemingly) straight Black fans of Ocean will respond to his candid account of same-sex adoration. It will also be interesting to see how Mr. Ocean will navigate the public perceptions – will he advocate, or will he appeal for clemency and privacy?

  • Blush

    Admirable. Brave. Talented.

  • Rajo1

    F a g g o t.

  • What?

    I don’t buy his music anyway.

  • goddess8281

    Who is Frank Ocean?

  • FanofTalent

    Sexual orientation isn’t that big of a deal. Love who you wanna love. As long as he still keeps making good music, that’s all that matters.

  • Rachel

    One of the few real men point blank, say what u wanna but hes just real, lots of these r&b singers are pretending to be something their not because their too scared.

  • Cool C

    I don’t think it was necessary for Frank Ocean to come out but bold and very brave. It seems as though, he been going back and forward with himself about this. I’m so for people being themselves and coming to terms with your life is so important. I don’t think it’s any different when the awesomely cool guy from 32nd street tells his family, friends and co-workers about his sexual preference, identity and choices. The only difference is Frank Ocean is in the public eye, which is an entirely different world on it’s own.
    What I come to realize that public figures live their lives in public but their isn’t anything in their contracts that state they have to disclose or devulge anything about their personal lives. Just recently Carrie Underwood, who has been such a visible presence on all levels of entertainment and took the music industry hostage for sometime after her stint on AI (American Idol). With looks, talent and this girl-next-door-appeal, she could do no wrong. Carrie was someone that flew under the radar about her opinions because she didn’t want to cause any waves. Recently, she came out and openly gave a shoulder to the LGTB community and it was so necessary and appreciated. Instantly, she was shut down by the so-called fickle country fans for talking about her place of worship and how they accept gay people. I’m not 100% but she even chimed in about gay marriage and that is a sore subject with many. I’m openly gay but at this moment in my life, there isn’t anyone that I’m seeing but if all my dating, finally turns into something and Mr. Right is here, I want to be able to have that choice or option of marrying this man. Carrie was all for gay marriage and that was so appreciate that she took her celebrity and did something useful with it.
    Her support wasn’t perceived well, Mind you, Carrie has all types of fans but she jumped from AI (American Idol) and Jesus bascially took the wheel for her career. Her reaching out to her gay fans and lending her support was epic and it was heard about all over the world. Everyon wasn’t too thrilled about Carrie being this artist that was for gays in general. I can only wish Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper the best in their careers and this now new and improved label, that unfortunately can take off.

  • champhf

    the gay agenda is in full effect….!!!