Frank Ocean Is Bisexual


Every few years, you can feel major cultural shifts happen. Homosexuality, especially in hip-hop/R&B culture, has been a complicated issue for years. Lately, it seems to be opening up—the general consensus, or at least the perception of it, is changing. More artists are stepping forward to openly support gay rights, and the openness to differences, whatever they may be, seems to be at an all-time high.

A couple of days ago there was some speculation that Frank Ocean “comes out” through some revealing lyrics on his upcoming album, Channel Orange. Tonight, the singer shared a personal note, written in 2011 while Frank was flying to Los Angeles after spending Christmas at home. In the note, Frank tells the story of his first love. It was a guy he had met four summers ago and although things didn’t work out, it was an important experience for Frank, and something he still obviously feels very strongly about.

“I don’t have any secrets anymore,” Frank writes in the letter. You can almost feel the sigh of relief he probably breathes knowing this is out in the open now.

Read the full letter here


  • jesuisjonjean

    Dope shit. Can’t wait for the album!
    This man’s an artist.

  • Saurus

    Somehow this news makes me happy, thanks for the beautiful letter Frank

  • toby

    so sad to see the reactions on YT etc. what a world we live in!

  • toby

    *some of them, most of them are good!

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  • Batmayne

    I honestly don’t know how I feel about this.

  • Yilo

    I don’t think this should change how anybody feels about his music. I really hope he doesn’t make start making music ABOUT being homosexual though, that would be bad.

  • a guest but not really

    what Yilo said.

  • JeiSun

    His preferences shouldn’t even be a concern to any of us. If you seriously have problems with it, you have some issues to deal with on your own. It’s not like he’s going to jump through your headphones and grab a handful of your ass…

  • just wondering

    why would it be bad for him to make music about being homosexual?

  • Buddy Blank

    I’m with just wondering, what difference does it make if the subjects of his love songs are dudes? They’re still probably gonna be dope, so what’s the issue?

  • a guest but not really

    maybe ‘bad’ was the wrong word to use, i just cant see myself listening to a song about 2 dudes, maybe stupid or petty but change the ‘him’ to ‘her’ in the same song and i’ll like it. and that seemed to work fine for elton john and george michael. but i guess you never know i aint never tried to listen to a gay song before, maybe i wont mind as much as i think, but i doubt it… it is 2012 tho you never know haha s/o all the gay folk im not hating on you.

  • Eric

    Being a gay man, whenever I hear a love song between a man and a woman, that doesn’t make me connect to it any less. Love is the most universal of all feelings, so no matter who he’s talking to in a song, that love is transcendental.

    I’m proud of Frank for posting the letter on Tumblr and getting this off his chest before he blows up. That being said, nothing in the letter explicitly says he’s gay, just that he fell in love with a guy once and the feeling wasn’t reciprocated. No where in there does he talk about solely being attracted to men.

  • A.J. Crew

    Glad for Frank, 100%. No doubt, my favorite male singer.

  • Jon Tanners

    @ a guess but not really – a number of things to keep in mind with Elton John: 1) he didn’t write his lyrics alone (he had a song writing partner, Bernie Taupin), 2) he was once engaged to be married to a woman, so it’s not surprising some of his songs would refer to “her.”

  • Humza

    I don’t mind that he came out, it’s just really weird to think that Frank Ocean is bisexual. You wouldn’t expect it.

  • The Esoteric Agenda

    Pretty sure people will completely forget about this in a couple of months. Didn’t it come out that Trey Songz was in a relationship with another man a couple of years ago? You don’t hear anyone mentioning that now. Ultimately it shouldn’t matter what Frank’s preferences are. Enjoy his music.

  • a guest but not really

    @ jon tanners true enough , well have to see what happens im not mad at him at all

  • Deep_Soul

    One of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Thanks for the letter Mr. Ocean.

  • Agne

    Second the love is universal comment mentioned before me. I don’t give a damn one way or the other as long as there is love. and good music. Keep it up Frank Ocean, you’re an amazing human being <3

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