Frank Ocean is making a brave move. Following rumors about his sexuality, the “Novacane” singer has penned a “coming out” letter, in which he reveals to the world that he is gay.
At a listening session for his Def Jam debut Channel Orange, the 24-year-old raised questions of his sexuality with his lyrics directed towards a man. He addressed the rumors on Tuesday night with a post on his Tumblr page.
“what i’m about to post is for anyone who cares to read,” he wrote. “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.”
The New Orleans native speaks about a relationship he had with a man when he was 19. “It was my first love, it changed my life,” he said.
He only told his secret to a few people at the time. “I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore,” he continued. “Thanks. To my first love, I’m grateful for you.”
Now that he has come out, he feels liberated. “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.”
His Odd Future cohort Tyler, the Creator voiced his support. “My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That,” he tweeted. “Proud Of That Ni**a Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever.”
His manager Kelly Clancy echoed the sentiments. “ive had a million proud moments in my career…this one falls at the top…”
Read his full letter below.