By: Taren Vaughan
Frank Ocean gay? Apparently so. The buzz about Singer/Songwriter Frank Ocean revealing that he is gay has been plastered on every media outlet imaginable. And it has caused the rumor mill to get out of control, with claims circulating that Frank Ocean’s secret lover is someone from the music industry. And to no surprise, Kanye West’s name was one of the first to get tossed around as the mystery man that shared a romance with Ocean as people stay challenging his manhood. Joining ‘Ye on the list of the accused was Rapper Tyler The Creator, as chatter has surfaced about him supposedly having a love thing going on with Ocean that began when Ocean moved to LA to jump start his music career. Those running with this story clearly must not have taken the time to actually read the letter.
For one thing, Frank Ocean is not bisexual. Sorry ladies, but he’s made it clear in the letter than any relationships he had with women were merely coverups.
Looking at this excerpt from Frank Ocean’s letter where he comes clean about his sexuality, you will notice that he is indeed admitting to being a homosexual but his male love interest was not Kanye West or Tyler The Creator as some are claiming them to be:
“4 SUMMERS AGO, I MET SOMEBODY. I WAS 19 YEARS OLD. HE WAS TOO.”
Let’s set some things straight here.
Frank Ocean is 24 years old. And the man he was talking about in the letter was his same age at the time that they met. Kanye West is 35 years old so there is no way in hell that it could be him unless our math is just that bad. On to Tyler The Creator, clearly wasn’t him either as the Los Angeles born rapper is only 21.
Peep the full letter that was found on Frank Ocean’s Tumblr page:
WHOEVER YOU ARE,WHEREVER YOU ARE..I’M STARTING TO THINK WE’RE A LOT ALIKE.HUMAN BEINGS SPINNING ON BLACKNESS.ALL WANTING TO BE SEEN, TOUCHED, HEARD, PAID ATTENTION TO.MY LOVED ONES ARE EVERYTHING TO ME HERE.IN THE LAST YEAR OR 3 I’VE SCREAMED AT MY CREATOR. SCREAMED AT THE CLOUDS IN THE SKY. FOR SOME EXPLANATION.MERCY MAYBE.FOR PEACE OF MIND TO RAIN LIKE MANNA SOMEHOW.4 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.I’D HEAR HIS CONVERSATION AND HIS SILENCE..UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO SLEEP.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 WITH THE FEELING. NO CHOICE.IT WAS MY FIRST LOVE, IT CHANGED MY LIFE PERIOD.BACK THEN, MY MIND WOULD WANDER TO THE WOMEN I HAD BEEN WITH, THE ONES I CARED FOR AND THOUGHT I WAS IN LOVE WITH.I REMINISCED ABOUT THE SENTIMENTAL SONGS I ENJOYED WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER..THE ONES I PLAYED WHEN I EXPERIENCED A GIRLFRIEND FOR THE FIRST TIME.I REALIZED THEY WERE WRITTEN IN A LANGUAGE THAT I DID NOT YET SPEAK.I REALIZED TOO MUCH, TOO QUICKLY.IMAGINE BEING THROWN FROM A PLANE.I WASN’T IN A PLANE THOUGH. I WAS IN A NISSAN MAXIMA, THE SAME CAR I PACKED UP WITH BAGS AND DROVE TO LOS ANGELES IN. I SAT THERE AND TOLD MY FRIEND HOW I FELT. I WEPT AS THE WORDS LEFT MY MOUTH.I GRIEVED FOR THEM, KNOWING I COULD NEVER TAKE THEM BACK FOR MYSELF.HE PATTED MY BACK. HE SAID KIND THINGS.HE DID HIS BEST, BUT HE WOULDN’T ADMIT THE SAME.HE HAD TO GO BACK INSIDE SOON, IT WAS LATE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS WAITING FOR HIM UPSTAIRS.HE WOULDN’T TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS FEELINGS FOR ME FOR ANOTHER 3 YEARS.I FELT LIKE I’D ONLY IMAGINED RECIPROCITY FOR YEARS.NOW IMAGINE BEING THROWN FROM A CLIFF. NO, I WASN’T ON A CLIFF, I WAS STILL IN MY CAR TELLING MYSELF IT WAS GONNA BE FINE AND TO TAKE DEEP BREATHS.I TOOK THE BREATHS AND CARRIED ON.I KEPT UP A PECULIAR FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM BECAUSE I COULDN’T IMAGINE KEEPING UP MY LIFE WITHOUT HIM. I STRUGGLED TO MASTER MYSELF AND MY EMOTIONS.I WASN’T ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL.
THE DANCE WENT ON..I KEPT THE RHYTHM FOR SEVERAL SUMMERS AFTER.IT’S WINTER NOW.I’M TYPING THIS ON A PLANE BACK TO LOS ANGELES FROM NEW ORLEANS.I FLEW HOME FOR ANOTHER MARRED CHRISTMAS.I HAVE A WINDOWSEAT.IT’S DECEMBER 27, 2011.BY NOW I’VE WRITTEN TWO ALBUMS, THIS BEING THE SECOND.I WROTE TO KEEP MYSELF BUSY AND SANE.I WANTED TO CREATE WORLDS ROSIER THAN MINE.I TRIED TO CHANNEL OVERWHELMING EMOTIONS. I’M SURPRISED AT HOW FAR ALL OF IT HAS TAKEN ME.BEFORE WRITING THIS I’D TOLD SOME PEOPLE MY STORY.I’M SURE THESE PEOPLE KEPT ME ALIVE, KEPT ME SAFE..SINCERELY.THESE ARE THE FOLKS I WANNA THANK FROM THE FLOOR OF MY HEART.EVERYONE OF YOU KNOWS WHO YOU ARE..GREAT HUMANS, PROBABLY ANGELS.I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NOW, AND THAT’S ALRITE.I DON’T HAVE ANY SECRETS I NEED KEPT ANYMORE.THERE’S PROBABLY SOME SMALL S—T STILL, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.I WAS NEVER ALONE, AS MUCH AS I FELT LIKE IT..AS MUCH AS I STILL DO SOMETIMES.I NEVER WAS. I DON’T THINK I EVER COULD BE. 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.SOME THINGS NEVER ARE..AND WE WERE. I WON’T FORGET YOU.I WON’T FORGET THE SUMMER.I’LL REMEMBER WHO I WAS WHEN I MET YOU.I’LL REMEMBER WHO YOU WERE AND HOW WE’VE BOTH CHANGED AND STAYED THE SAME.I’VE NEVER HAD MORE RESPECT FOR LIFE AND LIVING THAN I HAVE RIGHT NOW.MAYBE IT TAKES A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE TO FEEL ALIVE.THANKS. TO MY MOTHER, YOU RAISED ME STRONG.I KNOW I’M ONLY BRAVE BECAUSE YOU WERE FIRST..SO THANK YOU.ALL OF YOU.FOR EVERYTHING GOOD.I FEEL LIKE A FREE MAN.IF I LISTEN CLOSELY..I CAN HEAR THE SKY FALLING TOO.
How Kanye West and Tyler The Creator’s names got tangled into this letter is very puzzling as it is obvious that Ocean was referring to neither of them. And for the record, Kanye West is the least likely to hide his sexuality. In fact, Kanye would most likely tell the world he was gay and give no f-cks how anyone felt about it. And yes, his music would still sell. Only Kanye could date Kim Kardashian and embarrass America’s blonde sweetheart on stage in front of millions and still have a career.