Frank Ocean On Coming Out About Sexuality: "I Did It For My Own Sanity"

20 July 2012, 16:54

The 'Channel ORANGE' star has said he is not concerned about any backlash over his decision.

Frank Ocean has said he decision to open up about his sexuality was for his "own sanity" and that he is not worried of any negative recriminations.

Last month, the 'Channel ORANGE' rapper revealed that his first relationship was with a man.

Although Ocean did not disclose the identity of the person, he said the man was his first love and that the relationship had "changed my life".

Speaking in this weekend's Guardian, Ocean said his decision to come out was "about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I'm living a life where…I'm happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin' boulder on my chest".

He also said that he wished that when he was 13 "there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way".

Ocean also downplayed any potential criticism of his decision to come out.

"People are just afraid of things too much…Sure, evil exists, extremism exists," he said. "Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American."

'Channel ORANGE', the Odd Future star's debut solo album, is out now.

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