Frank Ocean Models for GQ, Addresses ‘Coming Out’ Letter

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean doesn’t do many interviews, but the reclusive singer granted GQ some face time and a photo shoot for the magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue. Ocean, who changed his name from Lonny Breaux to Christopher Francis Ocean, opened up about his incredible year and bombshell announcement that rocked the hip-hop and R&B world (“The night I posted [the letter], I cried like a fu**ing baby,” he says).

Frank has a lot on his plate these days—he’s writing a song for Quentin Tarantino’s western film Django Unchained, new music for Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, and his own third album. Plus, the video game fanatic is thinking about opening his own arcade and plotting a European tour, which he wants to model after Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” tour.

In the photos, he models winter sport coats alongside his Odd Future groupmates Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt at a car shop (Frank is a BMW enthusiast) and Farmers Market in L.A.

On why he decided to go public with his sexuality: “If I’m going to say this, I’m going to be better than all you pieces of shit. What you going to say now? You can’t say, ‘Oh, they’re only listening to him because he said this.’ No, they’re listening to me because I’m gifted, and this project is brilliant.”

On fears that his bisexuality 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.”

On the timing of his “coming out” letter: “Some people said, ‘He’s saying he fell in love with a guy for hype.’ As if that’s the best hype you can get in hip-hop or black music. So I knew that if I was going to say what I said, it had to be in concert with one of the most brilliant pieces of art that has come out in my generation.”

On whether he considers himself bisexual: “I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences, and the same sentiment that I have towards genres of music, I have towards a lot of labels and boxes and shit. I’m in this business to be creative—I’ll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. One of the pieces of content that I’m for fuck sure not giving is porn videos. I’m not a centerfold. I’m not trying to sell you sex. People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn’t need to label it for it to have impact.”

On meeting Odd Future: “At 20 or 21, I had, I think, a couple hundred thousand dollars [from producing and songwriting], a nice car, a Beverly Hills apartment—and I was miserable. Because of the relationship in part and the heartbreak in part, and also just miserable because of like just carting that around. And here was this group of like-minded individuals whose irreverence made me revere. The do-it-yourself mentality of OF really rubbed off on me.”

Read the rest of the interview on GQ.com.

Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean

Odd Future

Frank Ocean and Kelly Clancy

Odd Future

Photo credit: Peggy Sirota/GQ

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28 Comments

  1. Dunno

    first!

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    Dunno Reply:

    @Dunno, i think the subject about his sexuality is old news. move on GQ!

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    mumi Reply:

    @Dunno, I think there is NOTHING like “first” on rap-up. You must be new here.

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    Rowan Reply:

    @Dunno, Read the interview-it’s the LAST question. Get over IT.

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  2. miles

    OF is awesome

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  3. #teamminaj

    go frank #gaypride

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  4. Badman

    fruit Ocean

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  5. Badman

    Its FRUIT OCEAN!!!!

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  6. Redchainsaw

    i like this guy, but he’s a bit full of himself his album wasn’t that great a few stand out tracks and that’s it. He still doesn’t fully address his sexuality not that it defines him but if you’re willing to come out the closet you shouldn’t have to beat around the bush when the question comes up. He’ll forever claim that “coming out” had nothing to do with the release of his album but he know it did, he knows that about 40/50% of the music buyers are gay and they’ll support their own.

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    Zenzo Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, Thank you!When i tried to say the same thing, I was labelled a hater. I, like you think that he’s good but he didn’t bring it on Channel orange like he did nostalgia and he knew that. So he pulled this “open letter” stunt to garner more attention and hey, it worked. He just needs to make great songs again, be humble (end the try hard/wannabe mysterious act) and stop disappointing his fans (cancelling shows etc)

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @Zenzo, I love how you both typed my thoughts that I were thinking as I read the article.

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  7. Meme

    Wtf…dude is feeling his self too much. I’m a firm believer in letting others compliment your work and not yourself. I never hear Adele or beyonce talk about how their art is one of the best in this generation. And secondly he didn’t answer any if the questions straight forward. He tries way too hard for me. I’m slowly not feeling him anymore.

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @Meme, i couldn’t agree with you more

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    miles Reply:

    @Meme, you have a right to be arrogant when your work is at a certain level. Kanye, and Frank will always get passes to be arrogant

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    HeavyHeavy Reply:

    @miles, But Frank is not Kanye. And Kanye made a name for himself alongside a huge fan base before he ever got this cocky. Frank is still quite new and this arrogance can turn his “from day one” supporters off. Channel Orange was no where near as good as Nostalgia, so this cockiness needs to go. Dude aint even gone platinum with no top 10 billboard singles. PLEASE!!!

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    Rachel Reply:

    @Meme, Girl, you have admitted on this website that you consider Rihanna to be your “God.” Thus, your opinion is worthless. Go play in traffic with your eyes closed.

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  8. Miszi

    Cool interview, he seems like a nice person. The only thing is that he could be more humble especially because channel orange could’ve been better than it actually was. Don’t get me wrong, I like it a lot but Nostalgia was better.

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  9. Kelly

    I’m sorry but is anyone checking for frank… He came in went like syd the kid and odd future…

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    miles Reply:

    @Kelly, he released an album 4 months ago and his song is at #8 on the r&b charts. There use to be a time when great artist released new music every 2 to 4 years and nobody asked whether or not they were still relevant

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    Kelly Reply:

    @miles, miguel dosent have to do cheap porlar tricks to sell albums..

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    Heather Reply:

    @Kelly, Yeah … last time I checked, they’re called Frank Ocean FANS. Next dumb question, please …

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  10. Victoria

    Love Frank … channel ORANGE is an amazing album.

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  11. MmmHmm

    HIS ATTEMPT AT BRINGING OUT HIS SEXUALITY TO BOOST ALBUM SALES WAS WEAK…SO MANY PEOPLE ARE OVER HIM! LOL & TO THOSE WHO CLAIM THEY WANT HIM & LOVE HIM BUT DONT EVEN KNOW THE NAME OF HIS 1st ALBUM PLEASE SIT RIGHT HERE —-> _/

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    Xavier Reply:

    @MmmHmm, Did capitalizing all letters help you to better emphasize in your hating?

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    Kelly Reply:

    @MmmHmm, Amen MmmHmm most people were scared of odd future because of the 666 stuff now these people are all up his but

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  12. ryan

    he’s going to win Album of the year at the Grammy’s

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  13. Yafav-T_OFWGKTA

    LOVE THE PICS CAUSE HE BROUGHT OUT THE

    WOLF GANG!!!!!!!

    #GOLFWANG

    PS THE MELLOWHYPE/TRASH TALK #TRASHWANG CONCERT IN PHILLY WAS AWESOME

    HOPE MORE O.F. CONCERT COMES NEAR MY AREA SOON

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  14. Pour boomz RearzTues

    lol

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