Frank Ocean found himself featured in the December 2012 issue of GQ. Inside, the up-and-coming R&B singer spoke about what led him to let the world in on the fact that he’s bisexual.
Ocean posted an open letter to his fans last July. As he explained to GQ, “The night I posted it, I cried like a f–king baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long. I’ve been sad again since, but it’s a totally different take on sad. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.”
Being an R&B artist made it even more difficult for Ocean to be honest. “In black music, we’ve got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family — not even my mother — who I could look to and be like, ‘I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.’ So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that. It’s tempting to give those views and words — that ignorance — more attention than they deserve. Very tempting.”
Read more in the latest issue of GQ, available now.