“[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,” he said. ”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.”
Having been met with support from the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator, Ocean said his open letter was written to be included in the album sleeve notes of Channel Orange to take the place of any speculation that might come from some of the songs that address men.
“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.”
But Ocean appears to show no fear of the risks since 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.”
What a truly awesome individual. Frank, no matter what sexuality you are, keep doing what you do and always stay real and honest.