Frank Ocean was once in love with a man. The confession from Kanye West's Odd Future protege may seem insignificant to some, but in the hip hop music world the young rapper has just set a new milestone.
In a long post shared via Frank Ocean's Tumblr page, the 24-year-old wrote in part:
"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 know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore… Thanks to my first love, I'm grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn't what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was… I feel like a free man. If I listen closely… I can hear the sky falling too."
In reaction to Frank Ocean's Tumblr post, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator took posted the following message to Twitter: "My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That S*** Is Difficult Or Whatever."
Along with Tyler, the Creator's support, Frank Ocean is being applauded by entertainment mogul Russell Simmons. Writing on Global Grind, the Def Jam label co-founder shared, "Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?"
"I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean," Russell Simmons continued in his post, concluding with this message: "Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you."
Earlier this week reporter Anderson Cooper came out as homosexual as well, while in the rock music world Against Me!'s Tom Gabel has recently gone public as transgender, opting to now be known as Laura Jane Grace.
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