Frank Ocean Comes Out, Says He Doesn’t Have Any Secrets To Keep Anymore

Rucuss staffJuly 4, 2012

CNN host Anderson Cooper has ignited a coming out party amongst the gay community.

Cooper announced he was gay via an email to The Daily Best on Monday and now singer Frank Ocean came out on his blog Tuesday night. Ocean is a fairly new artist whose decided to reveal his sexuality before the height of his career. It was a bold move, but a good one.

The news comes just days after a review of Ocean’s upcoming album Orange Channel revealed that the singer “[opens] up about his sexuality on the album” and noted that “…on the songs Bad Religion, Pink Matter and Forrest Gump he sings about being in love and he mentions the word ‘him’ instead of ‘her.”

Instead of ignoring the rumors, Ocean, who has written songs for Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and John Legend, decided to reveal he’s gay on his blog. Ocean wrote:

Whoever you are, wherever you are… I’m starting to think we are a lot alike.  Human beings spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen,  touched, heard, paid attention to. My loved ones are everything to me here. In  the last year or 3, I’ve screamed at my creator. Screamed at clouds in the sky.  For some explanation. Mercy maybe.  For peace of mind to rain like manna  somehow. 4 Summers ago, I met somebody.  I was 19 years old. He was  too.  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.  I’d hear his conversation and his silence.. Until it was time  to sleep.  Sleep I would often  share with him.  By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It  was hopeless. There was no escaping.  No negotiating with the feeling. No  choice. It was my first love.  It changed my life.  Back then, my mind  would wander to the women I had been with.  The ones I cared for and  thought I was in love with.   I reminisced about the sentimental songs  I enjoyed when I was a teenager.  The ones I played when I experienced a  girl too quickly.  Imagine being thrown from a plane.  I wasn’t in a  plane though.  I was in a Nissan Maxima.  The same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles  in.  I sat there and told my friend how I felt.  I wept as the words  left my mouth.  I grieved for them, know I could never take them back for  myself.  He patted my back.  He said kind things.  He did his  best, but he wouldn’t admit the same.  He had to go back inside soon. I was  late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs.  He wouldn’t tell me  the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years.  I felt like I’d  only imagined reciprocity for years.  Now imagine being thrown from a  cliff.  No. I wasn’t on a cliff. I was still in my car telling myself it  was gonna be fine and to take deep breaths.  I took the breaths and carried  on.  I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn’t imagine  keeping up my life without him.  I struggled to master myself and my  emotions.  I wasn’t always successful.

The dance went on.. I kept the rhythm for several Summers after.  It’s  Winter now.  I’m typing this on a plane back to Los Angeles from New  Orleans.  I flew home for another  marred Christmas.  I have a window seat.  It’s December 27, 2011.   By now, I’ve written two albums.  This being the second.  I wrote to  keep myself busy and sane.  I wanted to create worlds that were rosier than  mine. I tried to channel overwhelming emotions.  I’m surprised at how far  all of it has taken me.   Before writing this, I’d told some people my  story. I’m sure these people kept me alive.  Kept me safe… sincerely.   These are the folks I wanna thank from the floor of my heart.   Everyone of you knows who you are.. Great humans.  Probably angels.  I  don’t know what happens now, and that’s alright.  I don’t have any secrets  I need kept anymore.  There’s probably some small shit still, but you know  what I mean.  I was never alone, as much as I felt like it..As much as I  still do sometimes.  I never was. I don’t think I ever could be.   Thanks.  To my first love, I’m grateful for you.  Grateful that even  though it wasn’t what I had hoped for and even though it was never enough, it  was.  Some things never are…And we were.  I won’t forget you.  I  won’t forget the Summer..I’ll remember who I was when I met you.  I’ll  remember who you were and how we both changed and stayed the same.  I’ve  never had more respect for life and living than I have right now.  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.

-Frank

Tyler the Creator, a rapper who is also part of Odd Future, congratulated Ocean on Twitter. He tweeted,”F**king Finally Sus Boy @frank_ocean Hahahaha, You Still Aint Got No Bitches Hahaha My N***a Dawg” and “My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That S**t Is Difficult Or Whatever.”

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