Frank Ocean on bisexuality: Life is dynamic
November 20th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Frank Ocean on bisexuality: Life is dynamic

Frank Ocean knows that he broke ground as an artist by openly discussing his sexuality earlier this year, and you'll get no false humility from him about it.

The musician, who's one of GQ's men of the year, tells the magazine that he did decide to post a letter about a same-sex relationship on his Tumblr just ahead of the release of his album "Channel Orange" because he knew "it had to be in concert with one of the most brilliant pieces of art that has come out in my generation."

"Some people said, 'He’s saying he fell in love with a guy for hype.' As if that’s the best hype you can get in hip-hop or black music," Ocean says. "So I knew that if I was going to say what I said, it had to be in concert with one of the most brilliant pieces of art ... And that’s what I did. Why can I say that? Why I don’t have to affect all this humility and s*** is because I worked my a** off. I worked my face off."

He knew how he wanted to present his honesty, but that didn't make him less afraid that his frankness would put his career off course.

"In black music, we’ve got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue," he tells GQ. "It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family - not even my mother - who I could look to and be like, 'I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way."

Ocean's referenced both men and women in the sultry lines of his acclaimed music, but does that mean he sees himself as bisexual? When GQ asked, Ocean instructed that they move on to the next question before adding, "I'll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences, and the same sentiment that I have towards genres of music, I have towards a lot of labels and boxes," he said.

"I'm in this business to be creative ... I'm not a centerfold. I'm not trying to sell you sex. People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn't need to label it for it to have impact," Ocean continued. "Because people realize everything that I say is so relatable, because when you're talking about romantic love, both sides in all scenarios feel the same s***. As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. ... I'm giving you what I feel like you can feel. The other s***, you can't feel. You can't feel a box. You can't feel a label."

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  1. hacking que defense


    November 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. seriously

    the most disturbing thing in this peice is him calling his own record one of the most brilliant peices of art to come out of his generation... whatta h0m0....

    November 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. being bi is the persons business....

    alot of people need it all the time and are also curious.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Evel dear (s)

    because men like it there...does not mean your a hom0.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 0 code has been over since last july


    November 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I hope

    the man would be honest with me about his s6xual preferences so i would understand then i would have to be my choice. if the woman is bi then the man would have to make the choice.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Man

    alot of women do...if they love the guy they will make the sacrifice--

    November 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joyce CH

    I would never want to have s*x with a bis*xual dude,I think it's a bunch of bull anyway,you're either straight or gay.

    November 21, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • No so....

      in my behavior psychology classes we studed about people who are very into expermination s*xually nowadays. if you need alot of stimulation a person may go to both parties. don't be shy. this was perfectly normally discussed in my class. it depends on what you need. once they meet a new partner they may be stimulated enough and revert back.
      some do not and need alot of stimulation.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not so: correction and don't take it out again

      there are people who need alot of stimulation and people who can function on normal stimulation.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • no so or not so?

      that is the scariest analysis i have ever seen were you on the ferry at the time?...lololol

      November 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Great concert

    at the today show this morning!!!

    November 21, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rock

    Smile jerky...numbnut trying to be a harda$$

    November 21, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. tightandright

    does he have a steady?

    November 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Meh

    pretentious nonsense

    November 21, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. whattowear

    i know women who enjoy the butt.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. emma?

    ever do the butt? just curious.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. as long as your happy

    good for you.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. WhoCares

    I love people so whatever they decide xually is their business. I was always into "one thing" but had friends who have experimented. frank ocean i hear is a great guy and fun to be around that's whats important.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Emma

      I disagree also. Minot sure about what but it's fun to disagree. It's like agreeing but not agreeing. It is dis agreeing. YEP.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. uh no.

    its the overall black and white that like being bi. men especially are enjoying it.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  18. TightandRight

    we must never post judgement on peoples s'xual preference its not right. their preference is their business.
    this musician is very talented he deserves respect for that.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      I disagree. It is good to be judgemental about stuff. Like p ooooop is bad and b uggers are slimy and stuff. Yeah.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. News

    Alot of single and married men are bi now. Men being bi is more accepted now.

    November 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |

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