Frank Ocean Talks about Coming Out in The Guardian:
Since posting his intimate revelation on tumblr at the beginning of this month and releasing his highly acclaimed debut album Channel Orange, Frank Ocean has been pretty silent in a time when most would expect the media to be heavily in the entertainer’s business. It appears now that Frank was waiting to elaborate on the events of the past weeks on his own terms, as we now can read an interview with him from today’s Guardian newspaper. The interview gives Frank the chance to talk about the revelation, its impact on his career, and how he feels about his art. Some choice quotes:
“A lot of people have said that since that news came out. I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way. But there’s another side of it that’s just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where I’m not just successful on paper, but sure that I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest.
I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when. It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that I’m looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I don’t have many secrets, so if you know that, and you’re still applauding … it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, ‘pronouns’ in the writing of the record, I just wanted to – like I said on the post – offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky.
When you write a song like Forrest Gump, the subject can’t be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I don’t fear anybody. So, to answer your question, yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like it’s just another time now. I have no interest in contributing to that, especially with my art. It’s the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.”
With the way Channel Orange has been selling, it looks like Frank definitely made the right decision by staying true to himself. You can read the rest of the interview over at the Guardian‘s site, and let us know what you think @DubJ, @CollegeDJ, and LIKE and comment this post on Facebook.