Hip-hopper Frank Ocean is discussing his reasons for revealing a former romance with another man.
Ocean, whose real name is Christopher Francis Ocean, made the disclosure in a July 3rd blog post on his website. He is being credited as the first mainstream hip-hop artist to come out.
The 24-year-old Ocean, a member of the collective Odd Future, said in the post that his "first love" was another man.
"By the time I realized 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."
Ocean added that his feelings were not reciprocated.
In an interview with UK's the Guardian
, Ocean said coming out 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."
To his critics, Ocean added: "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."
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