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Frank Ocean Comes Out The Closet About His Sexuality, Reveals His First Love Was A Man

Today's not just Independence Day for our country.  Odd Future singer and rising star producer/writer Frank Ocean just declared his independence from being in the closet.  In a revealing letter posted on his Tumblr, the "Thinkin Bout You" singer opened up about his first love--a man.  Check it inside.....

 

With rumors swirling that Frank Ocean planned to open up about his sexuality (rumors said bi-sexuality to be exact) on his upcoming album Channel Orange, Mr. Ocean decided to take matters into his own hands today and reveal all.  On his Tumblr.

He posted the letter he wrote back in December and that he planned to save for his album insert.

It was a revealing story about the 24-year-old falling in love with a man, 4 summers ago.  And the relationship continued until last year.  That first summer, the two spent every day and every night together.  Spending time and sleeping together.  But since the other man had a girlfriend and refused to come out about his feelings, it caused Frank to suffer from an inner struggle.  He couldn't get the love he wanted in return.  So he packed up his bags and moved to L.A. from Louisiana to pursue his music--in order to suppress his pain and heartache.  And it got him to where he is today.

"4 summers ago, I met somebody," he wrote. "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 sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for then. 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 the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I'd only imagined reciprocity for years.

"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.

"I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore. There's probably some small s**t still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone, as much as it 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.

Before posting the letter, he posted another statement saying he hopes kids don't inherit the bullshit we did.  And he made it clear just what bullshit he was talking about. 

Here's the letter in full (he posted a screenshot of his actual writing).  Click the pic to blow it up to full size:

I have so much respect for how he opened up and told his story.  Deep ish.

Channel Orange drops July 17th.

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The letter he posted on his

The letter he posted on his tumblr site was really beautiful and heartfelt. I'm glad he feels free and is comfortable coming out and being honest about who he is. I'm a fan, love his music, and will continue to listen.
PL99's picture

Who in the hell is dis?

Who in the hell is dis?

Another Downlow Brother who

Another Downlow Brother who is giving Black women Aids. Both of them were on the DL and that is how sisters are getting it at alarming rates. Neither wanted to tell their partners. They should be killed.
lola69's picture

I'm happy that he did this.

I'm happy that he did this. It shows that he isn't afraid or ashamed. Congrats to him.
MiSsBoojie's picture

good for him. honesty is so

good for him. honesty is so attractive.
shuga's picture

At least one man in young

At least one man in young BLACK Hollywood has gotten the balls to be honest about his sexuality and isn't hiding, I know his album is going to be good because its not going to be about which bitch he fucked last night at the club... You just made me a fan Frank!!
25Ken's picture

Yeeeeessss welcome frank:-)

Yeeeeessss welcome frank:-)
Bribri's picture

Kanye Put it down on Him !

Kanye Put it down on Him ! Actually they would make a cute Couple" To Bad kanye is still in the Closet!
REd™'s picture

ok i commend him for being so

ok i commend him for being so brave but what about alycia bellamy i know they were/are dating he even posted a pic a while back on his tumblr of her with caption "pretty views" how is she not jumping off a cliff right now?
bitethebullet's picture

Good for him. Excited to

Good for him. Excited to hear his album in a few weeks...
YBFFan33's picture

SOME MANY DOWN LOW BLACK MEN

SOME MANY DOWN LOW BLACK MEN OUT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tonysmith66@yahoo.com's picture

It was courageous of him to

It was courageous of him to come out, but the music industry need to leave this young man alone and let him do what he does, CREATE. The music industry is the last place that need to be blackballing folks. More then half of those in the industry are straight up gay or on the down low anyway, i.e., MUSIC SUPERSTARS, RAPPERS, MOGULS, PRODUCERS and VIDEO DIRECTORS. Some had to do some gay shit in order to get put on in the first place. At least this man is being HONEST about who he wants to be with, he's not around here having a bunch of out of wedlock babies, just to prove he's a man or not gay, because many of them will/have done that.
My Moniker Is...'s picture

I respect him...many famous

I respect him...many famous people dont want to come out like him.
parispanthere's picture

I will go and cop that

I will go and cop that album... never heard his music, but to come out in that way shows a lot of heart and courage... I will be buying it.
shida206's picture

I love Frank and can't wait

I love Frank and can't wait for his new album, i love "pyramids." I don't care what and who he does behind closed doors because thats his life but I wonder who he is talkin about, Kanye maybe lmao.
tori's picture

Unless he and Kanye are now

Unless he and Kanye are now the same age, he's not talking about him. And last I checked, Kanye is in his 30's. He clearly says they were both 19 at the time.
Jules's picture

Nah...I think he can do

Nah...I think he can do better than Kanye
CheyPie's picture

Career death. None of us will

Career death. None of us will support him but the gay community will. He will become one of those.
AJ's picture

You mean YOU won't support

You mean YOU won't support him. Speak for yourself please. Would you feel the same way if he was your son/brother/cousin/nephew/uncle or even just your friend???? Never mind, I think I already know the answer to that.......
Jules's picture

I love his music and his

I love his music and his spirit...

I'm not really surprised by

I'm not really surprised by anything anymore. Seems like everyone is "coming out of the closet" these days. We definitely live in a new age.
CheyPie's picture

I admire his honesty.

I admire his honesty. Although I am not a fan of his whatsoever, I couldnt help but log on and give him props for being true to himself. Not an easy thing to do. Now, I'll go back to enjoying my life free of his music.

Wow, I'm impressed with the

Wow, I'm impressed with the way he handled this, even if he didn't mean to do so, he's setting a good example for those who are in his position. And this is pretty revolutionary for hip hop!
BlackVesper's picture

Who ever said he was "in the

Who ever said he was "in the closet"???? The man is bi-sexual and all of the music he's had out until now has been about women. Some of the songs he recorded were demos he wrote for female artists ("Thinking Of You"). He just talked about the OTHER side of his love life. He didn't talk about it in a "sexual" way. He talked about it in an emotional way. His first love was a man. Point. Blank. Period. I admire him for being 23, relatively new to the industry and still brave and strong enough to not give a fuck what anyone thinks about his admission. That letter was BEAUTIFUL, whether it was written about a man or a woman, WHO CARES. I would love it if someone was able to put their feelings for me down on paper so eloquently and share it with anyone willing to listen. SUPER romantic. Frank Ocean is the real deal in EVERY sense of the word.
Jules's picture

Good for him. Maybe this will

Good for him. Maybe this will inspire all of the other rappers and singers(You know who you are) to come out......
Jernero94's picture

Brave. He is so true to

Brave. He is so true to himself. I'm proud of him. Loved his entry- he is a gifted writer, not just of songs. I N S P I R E D.
Ashley's picture

I never thought he was

I never thought he was attractive or sexy in anyway...good for him.

It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Besides BSlade, I don't think we've ever had an openly gay R&B singer.
MsKizzy's picture

I hope his music doesnt get

I hope his music doesnt get blacklisted
GetBeen's picture

He shouldn't get B-Listed but

He shouldn't get B-Listed but Billy Ocean needs to have a talk with his son........
LisaRaye's Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

I may catch flack, but this

I may catch flack, but this to me will distract me when listening to his music. Now when I'm listening I'm going to be distracted by images of him singing those sexy lyrics to a big greasy ass man. Good for him though for doing what makes him happy.
Chile Boo's picture

that's so true....he likes

that's so true....he likes Man: ass, satchel, skeet, butt hole <----- he dreams about that stuff. Musty Armpits too I'll bet (smh).......
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

GOOD FOR HIM, thats not an

GOOD FOR HIM, thats not an easy thing to do. He was very brave to come out and reveal this personal thing he has been struggling with. I like him even more now. I can't wait to hear his album because he is very talented.
Naomi's picture

Yeah... this is deep. More

Yeah... this is deep. More people need to learn to be themselves... no matter what it is!!!
leelee's picture

Good for him! Its really sad

Good for him! Its really sad when a person can't be true to themselves. I wish him much success.
Speculation's picture

smhhhh when will the fuckery

smhhhh when will the fuckery end?
Anonymoustoo's picture

I heard he sucked-off Kanye

I heard he sucked-off Kanye so hard that Kanye's Balls turned into Dust <--------
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Ugh. I thought he was so

Ugh. I thought he was so sexy. Guess there's no chance for me now. OAN: He's not mainstream, so this will not effect him as much as if this was Chris Brown or Trey Songz. Swim Good sexy! lol
SkeeWee's picture

if anything this will boost

if anything this will boost his sales n rep....the gay community support their own and he will be well respected by them especially because he is hiphop/rb
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