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Singer Frank Ocean

My First Love Was a Man

7/4/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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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.

806 days ago


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

806 days ago


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

806 days ago


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

806 days ago


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!

806 days ago


Why is this news?

806 days ago


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

806 days ago

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.

806 days ago


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

806 days ago


"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 ****???

806 days ago


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.

806 days ago


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.

806 days ago


Awesome :-)!

806 days ago

No Name Jane    

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

806 days ago


Kudos to Frank Ocean!

806 days ago
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