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Frank Ocean Comes Out! Admits First Love Was A Man!

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Songwriter Frank Ocean is celebrating Independence Day as a "free man" after officially coming out in heartfelt post on his Tumblr.

The Odd Future member posted on Tuesday:

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..

Ocean went on to write a beautiful story about his first love, a man, and feels completely free now that he's set the record straight about his sexuality.

What a brave and amazing decision!

Good for you Frank! We're so happy for you!

You can read his complete entryAFTER THE JUMP!

Whoever you are, wherever you are..I'm starting to think we're a lot alike. Human beings spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to. My loved ones are everything to me here. In the last year or 3 I've screed at my creator, screamed at the clouds in the sky, for some explanation. Mercy maybe. For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow. 4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spend 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. I'd hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life. Back then, my mind would wander to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with. I reminisced about the sentimental songs I enjoyed when I was a teenager..the ones I played when I experienced a girlfriend for the first time. I realized they were written in a language I did not yet speak. I realized too much, too quickly. Imagine being thrown from a plane. I wasn't in a plane though. I was in a Nissan Maxima, the same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in. I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn't admit the same. He had to go back inside soon, it was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn't tell me the truth about his feeling for me for another 3 years. I felt like I'd only imagined reciprocity for years. Now image being thrown from a cliff. No, I wasn't on a cliff, I was still in my car telling myself it was gonna be fine and to take deep breaths. I took the breaths and carried on. I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn't imagine keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn't always successful.

The dance went on..I kept the rhythm for several summers after. It's winter now. I'm typing this on a plane back to Los Angeles from New Orleans. I flew home from another marred Christmas. I have a windowseat. It's December 27, 2011. By now I've written two albums, this being the second. I wrote to keep myself busy and sane. I wanted to create worlds that were rosier than mine. I tried to channel overwhelming emotions. I'm surprised at home far all of it has taken me. Before writing this I'd told some people my story. I'm sure these people kept me alive, kept me safe..sincerely. There are the folks I wanna thank from the floor of my heart. Everyone of you knows who you are..great humans, probably angels. I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore. There's probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone, as much as I felt like it..as much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don't think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I'm grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn't what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are..and we were. I won't forget you. I won't forget the summer. I'll remember who I was when I met you. I'll remember who you were and how we've both changed and stayed the same. I've never had more respect for life and living than I have right now. Maybe it takes a near death experience to feel alive. Thanks. To my mother, you raised me strong. I know I'm only brave because you were first..so thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a free man. If I listen closely..I can hear the sky falling too.


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24 comments to “Frank Ocean Comes Out! Admits First Love Was A Man!”

  1. 1

    It is very brave. Unfortunately, we still live in a world of bigots, and his career will suffer.

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  3. 3

    Gay student fakes harassment, why no mention of this?

  4. 4

    I dont even know who this person is, so its basically the same as some complete stranger saying it. Now if Tom Cruise comes out as Gay after this divorce concludes then I'll be in shock.

  5. TaylorMade says – reply to this


    Props to him for coming out cause he showed a lot of bravery. But I think his career will suffer because of this admission. In the black community a lot of guys and girls liked Frank and his music. Guys liked him because he was smooth in all of his songs in which he was talking to women. Girls liked him because of the same reasons and wish that their guys were like him. But now with his admission, some of his fans may be turned off if they think he's talking about another man. It sucks but its true.

  6. 6

    Re: WastedWorld – Yep! I have no clue who he is either.

  7. 7

    Just another gay who doesn't want you.

  8. 8

    Never heard of him but kudos to him for being brave enough to be himself.

  9. 9

    his story made me tear up! congratulations frank, and honestly in my opinion frank's music is more eloquent and intellectual than the typical crass stuff of mainstream 'black music so hopefully he fans will be intelligent enough to support him and not pander to the homophobic bigots out there.'

  10. PrimoKUSHFUTURES says – reply to this


    How awesome of a #free man & enormous talent is Frank Ocean! How astounding & courageous it is to be in control of your own destiny…I need more Frank Ocean music!!!

  11. An Admirer says – reply to this


    You make dope music….. That's all that matters. Who you choose to lay with and love is your business. That doesn't take away from your God given talent

  12. sydney says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Who? – Would you quit being so rude? Every comment I see from your name has nothing nice coming after it. If you don't like Perez or don't like what he chooses to blog about on HIS blog…just stay off of it.

  13. Geraldo says – reply to this


    4th of July..The day that Frank Oceans ANUS became Independent,LOL..Good for him

  14. 14

    Re: Lady Who? – 100% agree with Sydney. LadyWho? must have literally zero friends and look like a deformed farm animal because she is more filled with hate than blood.

  15. 15

    Re: sydney – Isn't LadyWho pathetic? This has been going on for months.

  16. what? says – reply to this


    I don't think it's brave at all his band Odd Future writes violent and homophobic lyrics. Being homophobic doesn't make it OK when you come out as gay. He's a hypocrite.

  17. 17

    1. if you dont know who Frank Ocean is I don't blame you he was never popular to begin with
    2. but he's damn good
    3. although he's still apart of odd future he's been distant with them probably due to their immaturity.
    4. if ever there were to be a turning point for gays in hip hop he would be it.

  18. DjKhaled says – reply to this


    Does anyone remember when Tyler won the VMA and Perez called Odd Future homophobic? I bet he feels like an idiot right about now.

  19. DjKhaled says – reply to this


    Re: what?

    lol what are you even saying? Odd Future has two gay members, they are obviously far from homophobic.

  20. 20

    That was beautiful, and very moving! I respect him so much!

  21. no no I love you says – reply to this


    Re: DjKhaled – Yeah right?, Being gay doesn't mean that you can't be homophobic and Tyler the creator from Odd future is homophobic as hell.

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