Frank Ocean on coming out: There's just some magic in truth

Fri. November 23, 2012 10:35 AM by

Frank Ocean, who has been credited as the first mainstream hip-hop artist to come out bisexual, says there's just "some magic in truth."

In a profile in men's fashion glossy GQ, Ocean talks about the decision to include an open letter discussing his sexuality in the liner notes of his debut studio album, Channel Orange. Ocean, 25, also posted the letter online in July.

"The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby," he said. "It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn't been happy in so long. I've been sad again since, but it's a totally different take on sad. There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness."

Ocean acknowledged that he feared coming out would hurt his career.

"I had those fears. In black music, we've got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family – not even my mother – who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way."

He added, "People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn't need to label it for it to have impact. Because people realize everything that I say is so relatable, because when you're talking about romantic love, both sides in all scenarios feel the same shit."

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