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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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bdng09    

Good for him! I support him 100%.

757 days ago
92.

TTT    

CNN and TMZ keep reporting on this guy like he is well known... Everytime I see an article on him, I think... and who is he again? It will be news only when Queen Latifah, or Eddie Murphy, or Jamie Foxx comes out.

757 days ago
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Kimberly    

Every time someone voices their opinion AGAINST homosexuality there comes a gay supporter attacking you, calling you homophobic plus all kinds of insults and asking you how does the fact that someone's sexuality is your business. Now I ask the same question, why is my opinion about homosexuality your business?? Will that stop you from being gay? Why you can tell the world that you "came out" for being gay, expect everyone to cheer for you and I can't say I like to be straight? Gays are always asking for equality, but they are fast in attacking and insulting straight people when they don't agree with their choices. If you are FREE to rub your sexual choice on my face, I am also FREE to say I don't support it!!

757 days ago
94.

Tek    

I don't even know who he is, but if he's gay, good for him. Nobody cares. But he's NOT gay. He's bisexual. I wonder how many women slept with him without knowing?? Being gay is one thing. Being bi is quite another. Pick a side, dude. That is nothing to play with.

757 days ago
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Stratcat    

Glad that he has come out and I hope he continues to have success. Unfortunately, the cRap "community" is notoriously homophobic and I would not be surprised if they turn on him.

757 days ago
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Nisha    

Wow, I didn't see that coming. I ain't mad at him, it's just you could keep some things to yourself personally. I just don't believe that the world should know all of your business. I have nothing against gays and bisexuals. If that rocks your boat, by all means necessary, do that. Just keep some things to yourself.

757 days ago
97.

Paula    

The widening of this agenda!!!smh

757 days ago
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jokerchick    

his first love was Kanye

757 days ago
99.

DaleVM    

So Frank Ocean is on the "down low". So tell me, TMZ, what's the "down low" of how you got Mel Gibson's police report? Inquiring minds really want to know!!!

757 days ago
100.

parlayer    

"??My first lover was my hand" Guess you were born with your head on backwards. now go spread aids all through the world of camp followers, and groopies that are impressed and can't live with out abuse and insults. "Would you suck my unit if I washed it first?? NO! then your a dirty unit sucker"

757 days ago
101.

She fine    

Just a phase hopefully. The good new is Jesus forgives All who sin and ask for repentance. Not just gays but all of us who fall short of His perfect law. Homosexuality isnt the only sin God hates. God hates ALL kinds of sin. ALLLLLLL kinds of sin.
Matthew 3:2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Late. :)

757 days ago
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757 days ago
103.

Jay    

My first love was a girl but I'm gay.

Why do people confuse love with sex all the time....

757 days ago
104.

Jen648    

That's why the rappers, hip hop and others wear their pants down below their a$$. It's to let others in the industry know you are willing to take in the a$$. That's how "the industry" works. Got to join the sodomy club. Wives and girlfriends are just a cover up and used to breed.

757 days ago
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cdm8513    

:)

757 days ago
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