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Frank Ocean On Coming Out: 'I'm Happy When I Wake Up'

Fri, July 20, 2012 5:15pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 1 Comment
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Frank Ocean talks about coming out in a new interview, saying it 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.’ The interview with ‘The Guardian,’ in the UK will be published July 21. Keep reading to see what else the Odd Future singer said!

The interview conversation was sparked by Frank Ocean‘s Tumblr post, where he tells the story about falling in love with a man. “It was my first love. It changed my life.”

Frank had the courage to come out because of his young fans and his own feelings as a child. “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,” he said.

Frank wrote his Tumblr post in an preemptive effort to explain why some of his songs addressed men. “I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he said in the interview. “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.”

“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.”

Frank’s debut album Channel ORANGE was released on July 10 and had hoards of celebrity fans —

“this new frank ocean is dopppppe,” Miley Cyrus said.

“Frank Ocean your [sic] so so special. Congratulations on such a STUNNING album x,” Adele praised.

We applaud Frank for being honest about who he is and not being afraid to speak out on his sexual orientation.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?

–Dory Larrabee

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