Frank Ocean celebrated Independence Day in his own special way on Wednesday. The 24-year-old singer addressed his sexuality and love affair with another man in an open and honest letter on his official Tumblr blog.
“Before writing this, Iâ€™d told some people my story. Iâ€™m sure these people keptÂ me alive.Â Kept me safeâ€¦sincerely,” he wrote. “These are the folks I wanna thankÂ from the floor of my heart.Â Everyone of you knows who you are..GreatÂ humans.Â Probably angels.”
He continues,Â “I donâ€™t know what happens now, and thatâ€™sÂ alright.Â I donâ€™t have any secrets I need kept anymore.”
The overflowing love and support toward Ocean has poured in from fans worldwide, as well as members of theÂ hip-hop and R&B community. In aÂ post entitled “The Courage of Frank Ocean Just Changed the Game!” Russell Simmons discussed the lingering homophobia in the rap realm and his respect for the up-and-coming artist.
“I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear,” he states.
Solange Knowles described Ocean as a “brave soul,” while band mate Tyler the Creator expressed how “proud” he was of his friend.
Veteran writer dream hampton took toÂ Jay-Z‘s website LifeÂ & Times to pen a heartfelt letter to the courageous young man.
ThankÂ you, Frank Ocean.
Itâ€™s true, we are a lot alike spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to. InÂ your opening few lines, you simultaneously established your humanity, a burdenÂ far too often asked of same sex lovers, and acknowledged that in this age ofÂ hyper self-awareness, amplified in no small part by the social media medium inÂ which you made your announcement, we are desperate to share. You shared one ofÂ the most intimate things that ever happened to you â€“ falling in love withÂ someone who wasnâ€™t brave enough to love you back. Your relieving yourself ofÂ your secret is as much about wanting to honestly connect as it is aboutÂ exhibition. We are all made better by your decision to share publicly.
You and Anderson Cooper have the same coming out calendarÂ week in common, but in many obvious ways, you couldnâ€™t be more different.Â Anderson Cooper is an heir to one of Americaâ€™s great Industrial Age fortunes andÂ a network professional whose maleness andÂ whiteness backed by his considerable accomplishments guarantee him work. You areÂ a young Black man from New Orleans who fled your still struggling city. YouÂ didnâ€™t arrive in Los Angeles with generational wealth and privilege, only theÂ beautiful lyrics and melodies that danced through you and your dream of makingÂ it in a music industry whose sand castles were crumbling.
Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange hits stores July 17.
Read dream hampton’sÂ full letter here…