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Singer Frank Ocean

My First Love Was a Man

7/4/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kanye West collaborator Frank Ocean -- from the rap group Odd Future -- has just declared he is gay ... or bisexual.

The revelation makes him the first hip hop star to publicly address a sexual attraction to men.

Ocean -- who collaborated with Kanye and Jay-Z on "Watch the Throne" -- posted the long, dense message on his Tumblr this morning, writing, "Four 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.”

“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 to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.”

He added, “I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore ... I feel like a free man.”

There has been a lot of intolerance in the hip hop world toward gays and bisexuals, so Frank's disclosure has enormous importance. It will be a bellwether for other stars who are considering coming out.

Frank's Odd Future band mate Tyler the Creator tweeted after Frank posted the message, writing, "My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever."

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Ashlyn    

Good for him. I hope the rap community embraces him and is not too harsh on him. The world would be a better place if people had acceptance, love, and tolerance in their hearts instead of hate, fear, and prejudice.

786 days ago
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MK    

"The age has been changed to protect others." Is it time for Kanye to come out? Rumors have swirled forever.

786 days ago
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MK    

I guess Kayne's next. They spent a lot of time together and looked very happy doing so.

786 days ago
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sptaz99    

It is impressive how intelligently and tenderly worded Frank's writing is. Unfortunately, Tyler sounds like an incoherent moron.

786 days ago
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daisy     

wow. wow! it is incredibly brave to reveal something so personal, knowing there will be people in his business and fans who will judge him. that feeling of freedom must be amazing - good for him!

786 days ago
36.

Dee    

Why is this news?

786 days ago
37.

jeff    

I bet the one with long hair, wee man? oh Lil Wayne, he looks gay as liberace

786 days ago
38.

Who Knew    

Good lord if you're switch from all Kartrashian all the time to all gay all the time it's time to giggy up on out of here.

786 days ago
39.

Quinn    

I still think some of the straight members of Odd Future are still gayer than Frank:-)

786 days ago
40.

Cheetara    

"My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That **** Is Difficult Or Whatever."
Okay TMZ how do you censure f***** and n**** but not ****???

786 days ago
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sister_mary_rotten_crotch    

Good for you Frank.Besides, this wasn't a secret per se if you listen to his music. Its a must to read the entire letter, its a beautiful thing.

786 days ago
42.

Andy    

Interesting, correct me if I'm wrong but didn't these tools (odd future) bash gays???? Figures, everyone who publicly bashes the gay community are the ones tapping their toes in the stalls. So with that said, shout out to Larry Craig.

786 days ago
43.

Sabrina    

Awesome :-)!

786 days ago
44.

No Name Jane    

It's not every day you read such a beautiful and eloquent statement.

786 days ago
45.

SiouxCityBoy    

Kudos to Frank Ocean!

786 days ago
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