On the Frank Ocean song “We All Try,” he states “I believe that marriage isn’t between a man and a woman but between love and love.” Ocean’s interest in this stance may actually be a lot more personal that we had thought.
In an extremely candid blog post last night, Ocean revealed to be either bi-sexual or gay, addressing how he has been in love with a man for the past four years. One excerpt reads…
Time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile…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. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling.
This confession is a pretty interesting turn in Frank Ocean’s story. Often seen as the only Odd Future member with crossover success, his upcoming album “Channel Orange” has notably been pegged as a crucial career step for the young singer who last year appeared prominently on two high profile “Watch the Throne” tracks (“No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America.”)
A big part of Ocean’s success so far has been his knack for hooks and production but also his sexually charged storyteller lyrics, such as on “Novacane,” where he sings about meeting a girl at Cochella who uses the anesthetic drug while the two have sex.
Being a “ladies man” is more or less the whole persona of Frank Ocean. So the question is — will this persona change or is Frank Ocean redefining what a pop star can be? Can Ocean emulate the image we usually associate with straight male R&B casanovas and still be madly in love with a man? The success of “Channel Orange” will be resting on whether or not the public is willing to accept this kind of change. Out July 17 on Def Jam, the record now has a lot more riding on it than simply being the most high profile Odd Future affiliated release.
Check out the full blog post at FrankOcean.com.
Frank Ocean — “We All Try”