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R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean addressed rumors on his Tumblr account Tuesday evening about his questioned sexuality. The Odd Future member wrote about his experience being in love with a male partner, which possibly alludes to Ocean identifying as a gay or bisexual man.
We Are The Filter reported that Ocean's sexuality came into question because of songs on his upcoming debut album, Channel Orange. In “Pink Matter” and “Bad Religion,” Ocean refers to his lover in the songs as “he.” NME further reports that Ocean was suppose to open up about his sexuality in Channel's liner notes, but that the recent speculation around his sexuality inspired him to reveal his private details sooner.
With writing about his possible gay or bisexual experience, Ocean opened his note with saying, “my hope is that babies born these days will inherit less of the bullsh-t than we did.” He further describes in a separate post that he met a man who he grew attracted to at 19-years-old during the summertime.
“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,” Ocean wrote.
Ocean goes onto to detail the difficult time he had revealing his true feelings to his male “friend.” The man in Ocean's post wouldn't reciprocate his feelings to Ocean until three years later. Ocean confirms his emotions for his past flame in the post, adding, “To my first love, I'm grateful for you.” With thanking his male companion, Ocean also comforts his mother as “a free man” with the words: “To my mother. You raised me strong. I know I'm only brave because you were first. So thank you.”
Tyler, the Creator, Ocean's group mate in Odd Future, usually includes many homophobic references in his songs, but the rapper took to Twitter to congratulate Ocean on opening up.
“My Big Brother Finally F--king Did That. Proud Of That N--ga Cause I Know That Sh-t Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet,” Tyler wrote on Twitter.
Ocean has been making waves in the music scene with his buzz-worthy tracks, “Novacane” and “Swim Good,” from his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. He also has critically acclaimed work with the Odd Future group. His first solo studio album, Channel Orange, will be released on July 17.
See Frank Ocean's music video for “Novacane” (contains explicit lyrics)