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Odd Future affiliated R&B singer Frank Ocean posted a note to his tumblr titled "thank you's," which was "intended to fill the thank you's section in [his] album credits, but with all the rumors going round.. [he] figured it'd be good to clarify." The rumors he was referring to were regarding his sexuality and were based on the inclusion of male pronouns on his upcoming album, Channel Orange (due out 7/17 via Def Jam). In the tumblr note, Frank Ocean describes how his first love was with a man that he spent entire summers with when both Frank and the other man had girlfriends. You can read his entire note below.

Though he doesn't explicitly identity as gay or bisexual in the note, Frank's coming out was a bit of a risky move in the hip hop and R&B community, and especially for a member of Odd Future, who have long been criticized for homophobic lyrics (though member Syd tha Kyd, whose project The Internet recently announced a tour, is openly a lesbian). However, Frank has gotten huge support all around. Fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator tweeted, "My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet." Def Jam boss Russell Simmons wrote a letter titled, "The Courage Of Frank Ocean Just Changed The Game!", in which he writes:

Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.

His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.

Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.

Frank Ocean will be touring this month in support of his new album. That tour brings him to NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on July 26.

Read Frank's full note below...


thank you's

Whoever you are. Wherever you are... I'm starting to think we're a lot alike. Human beings spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to. My loved ones are everything to me here. In the last year or 3 I've screamed at my creator, screamed at clouds in the sky, for some explanation. Mercy maybe. For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow. 4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile. I'd hear his conversation and his silence...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. No choice. It was my first love. It would change my life. Back then my mind would wander to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with. I reminisced about the sentimental songs I enjoyed when I was a teenager. The ones I played when I experienced a girlfriend too quickly. Imagine being thrown from a plane. I wasn't in a plane though. I was in a Nissan Maxima, the same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in. I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for then. Knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn't admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn't tell the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I'd only imagined reciprocity for years. Now imagine being thrown from a cliff. No, I wasn't on a cliff. I was still in my car telling myself it was gonna be fine and to take deep breaths. I took the breaths and carried on. I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn't imagine keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn't always successful.

The dance went on. I kept the rhythm for several summers after. It's winter now. I'm typing this on a plane back to Los Angeles from New Orleans. I flew home for another marred Christmas. I have a windowseat. It's December 27, 2011. By now I've written two albums. This being the second. I wrote to keep myself busy and sane. I wanted to create worlds that were rosier than mine. I tried to channel overwhelming emotions. I'm surprise at how far all of it has taken me. Before writing this I'd told some people my story. I'm sure these people kept me alive, kept me safe. Sincerely, these are the folks I wanna thank from the floor of my heart. Everyone of you knows who you are. Great humans, probably angels. I don't know what happens now. And that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore. There's probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don't think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I'm grateful for you. Grateful that even thought it wasn't what I hoped for and even thought it was never enough, it was. Some things never are. And we were. I won't forget you. I won't forget the summer. I'll remember who I was when I met you. I'll remember who you were and how we've both changed and stayed the same. I've never had more respect for life and living than I have right now. Maybe it takes a near death experience to feel alive. Thanks. To my mother. You raised me strong. I know I'm only brave because you were first. So thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a free man. If I listen closely, I can hear the sky falling too.

- Frank




Comments (41)

Good for him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:25 PM

Good for him, but is Tyler seriously retarded? Like, have we been regarding him as an oddball kid when in reality he's just seriously mentally challenged? But whatever. Im a toilet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:26 PM

Don't worry Frank. Happy for you but I still won't listen to your music. Good luck with all your future projects!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:27 PM

This has nothing to do with Im A Toilet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:35 PM

scalpers dream come true

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:45 PM

now we just need kanye to come out already

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:46 PM

Weezy ever coming out???

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:51 PM

Great picture to go along with the post BV. Is that the face Frank makes when a guy inserts it in his asshole?

The really shocking news here is not that he came out but rather that he sold out Terminal 5. Are people this fucking stupid? Oh wait, it is Bowery Presents. Forgot. He did not really fill this to capacity and tickets will be easily had the week of the show. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:52 PM

Publicity Stunt.

I know I am gonna get a lot of flack for this, but I think people who are 'BI' are just confused.

I think being gay happens at birth and naturally and Bi-Sexual is just being a whore and fucking anything=confused.

Best of luck...but who cares who he fucks?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:52 PM

that's great. tyler is still a fucking idiot, however.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:53 PM

No. One. Cares.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 12:54 PM

I'm a toilet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 1:02 PM

Being Bi is so 1990's.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 1:04 PM

"But whatever. Im a toilet."

You may be a toilet but I AM THE TABLE!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 1:12 PM

I saw Frank Ocean perform live before he was gay. #hipstercred

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 1:22 PM

Now he might get a "tidal wave" of support. "shore" I think this was a good move for him. He does need no "beaches" to distract him. I did notice some cute "gulls" "wave"ing to him at the show and he didn't react. This also may effect his popularity. Do you think his popularity might "crest"? I guess we "shell" "sea" won't we?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 1:43 PM

^ahhh great! That is funny!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:02 PM

Who gives a fuck, Odd Future are already done and we will have forgotten this guy exists in about a year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:04 PM

i think its great that frank is outing himself, and it definitely is a big deal for hip hop. i'm not sure people like tyler are actually homophobic but i imagine its people like tyler always saying faggot and making fun of gay people that keeps people like frank in the closet. glad he's stepping up regardless.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:04 PM

Billy must be pissed! I guess he is the true Caribbean QUEEN!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:06 PM

Ironic there is a shark on a surfboard on the wallpaper today. I "sea" why BV did this story today!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:08 PM

I think it is really "Sink or Swim" for Frank! His popularity might temporarily "dip" but he will be "bathing" in glory soon enough. It "suits" him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:15 PM

He chose to be gay to boost his album sales.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:24 PM

Perpetual high school.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:26 PM

Frank's coming out was poetic and couldn't have been more the Broke Back of hip hop,

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:26 PM

Homosexuality = Mental Retardation.

I don't blame them or hate on them at all, but it's just sad to see another person inflicted with such an illness. Get well soon Frank!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 2:39 PM

poetic, yes. the brokeback of hip hop? hell no. maybe that would be the case if any hard black guys listened to his music. they don't.

no one who listens to frank ocean was affected by this news in a way that would lead them to stop listening to his music. it will only turn more people onto his music.

the "brokeback of hip hop" would require someone flagrantly heterosexual - both in their persona and in their homophobic lyrics - to come out. like if tyler came out. or if nas came out.

I'll say it again: NO ONE who listens to frank ocean is affected by this news in a way that would lead them to stop listening to his music. it will only turn more people onto his music, lead to higher ticket sales, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:01 PM

i heard he's a bottom

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:04 PM



RAH RAH RAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:20 PM

It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:46 PM

Tyler is next.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 6:05 PM

Don't be a faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 8:35 PM

It is absolutely no deal whatsoever. We got everyone outing theyselves, and no one fucking cares. All it shows is that Frankie likes to suck a little cock. No one cares.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 9:47 PM

Caribbean Queen, indeed!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 9:48 PM

Rumor has it he likes to suck huge cocks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 9:55 PM

"I'll fuck you til you love me, you faggot" - Mike Tyson

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:20 AM

go big or go home, 9:55

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:43 AM

I wanna be black
and have a stable of foxy whores
and fuck up the jews
I wanna shoot 20 feet of jism
Yeah, I wanna be black

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:49 AM

Mike Tyson know a thing or two about prison lovin'

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2012 9:50 AM

im getting rich reselling this dudes tix. rivaling the weeknd cash in. i love internet buzzz n hype and all that bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 12:52 AM

at the end of the day who cares what people think. It's your life.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 3:57 PM

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