Updated, Friday, 2:29 p.m. PST
With his first official solo album due July 17 and his recent outing, which he's handled with admirable grace, all eyes are going to be on Frank Ocean when he performs as the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this Monday, July.
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Fallon was the first to host Odd Future in early 2011, making the show a natural fit for Frank's solo national television debut. Frank will be backed by Late Night's house band The Roots. Ocean's label, Island Def Jam promises a powerful performance.
Will you be tuning in, Instincters?
He intended to share his intimate story with fans via the liner notes in his next solo album, but bloggers noticed his use of male pronouns in an advanced copy did the work for him. Rather than fight it, Frank (of the Odd Future hip hop collective) has embraced the outing by posting the moving liner notes to his Tumblr in confirmation of his sexuality.
"we’re all a bunch of golden million dollar babies," Frank writes [sic] on Tumblr. "my hope is that the babies born these days will inherit less of the bullshit than we did. anyhow, what i’m about to post is for anyone who cares to read. 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 liner notes that confirm the rumors read:
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...
I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing 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. It 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.
Frank goes on to say he feels "like a free man."
(Source: Global Grind)