The announcement comes soon after rumors started popping up after a review by BBC 1 Xtra’s Max of Frank Ocean’s upcoming album Channel Orange claimed the singer revealed his sexual orientation in his songs saying, “Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music.
“On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ ‘Pink Matter and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and there are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.”
After the Hip Hop/R&B/Rap world was abuzz with these speculations Frank posted a message on his personal website addressing the rumors saying, “4 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 realised 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 know what happens now. And that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore…I feel like a free man.”
Everyone’s main question now is: How will this announcement affect Frank Ocean’s career? Opening up about being gay or bisexual is not a common occurrence in the Hip Hop/Rap world, in fact Frank Ocean is the only relatively major artist to openly admit to being bisexual. The Rap world is notorious for gay bashing and holding prejudice, but so far the responses have been positive.
Friend of Frank and member of Odd Future Tyler the Creator tweeted this after Frank’s announcement, “My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That S**t Is Difficult Or Whatever.” Other people have used Twitter and Facebook to show their support to Frank and appreciation for his courage. Many people are hoping that Frank’s openness inspires the Rap world to become more tolerant and open.