With the exception of the liner notes for his album, Channel Orange, Frank Ocean has let his music do the talking with regard to his "coming out." (And we like it that way!)
Still, while we're all for a little mystery in an industry filled with overexposure, we were excited to read Ocean's interview with The Guardian that was released today.
Check out what Frank Ocean has to say about his coming out process and what it means to him after the jump.
Frank Ocean tells The Guardian that his decision to open up about his sexuality was "about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I'm living a life where … I'm happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin' boulder on my chest."
Like many in the gay community, Ocean also wishes he'd had someone in the public eye growing up that reflected his experience. He says, "I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way."
Ocean's explains that his Tumblr post, which presented the open letter that he planned to include in his album liner notes, was written in order to pre-empt speculation about his same-sex attraction. "I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions," he said. "I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when."
Ocean downplays the risk in his coming out. "People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American."