Stevie Wonder is clarifying his statement about Frank Ocean's sexuality after suggesting the young singer might be "confused" in an interview with the U.K.'s The Guardian last week. Ocean, who, in a heartfelt public letter, revealed that he fell in love with a man. Ocean's sexuality was immediately thrust into the spotlight, becoming fodder for celebrity commentary. After Wonder was criticized for his initial remarks being insensitive to LGBT love, he's now speaking out to re-address his comment about the rising R&B star.
"I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood," said the music legend to MTV News. "No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry, and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."
The 62-year-old songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist has racked up countless awards and released numerous albums on love and relationships. Some of his most popular hits include "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." In 2009, he was named a United Nations Ambassador of Peace.
Frank Ocean has yet to respond to Wonder's initial or follow up comment.
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