Grammy-winning singer Frank Ocean reportedly spilled the beans on his bisexuality to an Odd Future group member before letting the entire world know last summer.
According to group leader Tyler, the Creator, he found out first and even had an inkling about Ocean’s sexual preference.
Did you know Frank Ocean was gay before he came out last year? Yeah, I was one of the first people he told. I kinda knew, because he likes Pop Tarts without frosting on them, so I knew something was weird. [Laughs] But that’s my n*gga. (Rolling Stone)
Last summer, Tyler and fellow crew member Earl Sweatshirt spoke on Ocean breaking the news publicly.
You didn’t really expect Odd Future to address Ocean’s revelation that he once carried on a love affair with a man with any seriousness did you? “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” bellowed Tyler. “I think it’s crazy that that n—a likes bagels like that; for the longest he was frontin’,” said Earl, who had just finished twirling around in the swivel chair he was seated in. “We’d go to the store like, ‘N—a do you want some bagels?’ and He’ll be like, ‘I don’t f— with bagels.’ ” In part, bagels is a euphemism for boys, even if the gag got twisted at times during the conversation. (MTV)
The singer previously revealed the truth behind releasing his much-debated open letter on Independence Day.
He said that his open letter was written in December 2011 with a view to include it in the album sleeve notes in order to pre-empt speculation that might arise from some of its songs addressing men. “I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he said. “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.” The Odd Future member also downplayed the risk in his coming out. “People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. 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.” (Guardian)
Not only supported amongst his friends, R&B crooner Omarion stood up for Frank in 2012.
“It feels good when you can be honest, you can walk around with things that you don’t have to carry around anymore,” said Omarion. “And I feel like it might have been a burden for him. I feel like he can walk around and feel happy about who he is now. Anyone that has something they need to get off their chest, I respect.” (Rap-Up)