Frank Ocean: I’m Not Trying to Sell My Sexuality

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean: I’m Not Trying to Sell My Sexuality

The singer doesn’t want people to "pry" into or "label" his romantic life.

Published November 20, 2012

You can continue to have your theories and opinions on it, but Frank Ocean is not going to offer up any more information on his love life other than what you hear in his music. In a rare interview with GQ magazine the Odd Future crooner reaffirmed that he is not looking to wear particular sexual labels, gay or bi-sexual, nor is he in the business of using his sexual ambiguity to sell records.

"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," the usually guarded Ocean told GQ. "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 sh--."

Staying clear of conversations about his sexual orientation in the media, Ocean maintains the position he has taken since he published an open letter confession that he once loved a man back in July. While the letter came as a shock to many and sparked hot topic debates throughout the music world, some charged that Ocean only made the confession to help boost sales of his debut album, Channel Orange, which hit stores a week later.

"As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that. I'm giving you what I feel like you can feel. The other sh--, you can't feel. You can't feel a box. You can't feel a label," he said in the December issue of Gentlemen's Quarterly.

As far as giving fans that glimpse into his life in such a non-musical way Ocean recalled the night he posted the letter on his Tumblr page.

"The night I posted it, I cried like a f---ing baby," he admitted. "It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn't been happy in so long. I've been sad again since, but it's a totally different take on sad. There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness."

Curious fans will only get details of the singer's love life through his music, so it's likely that the speculation will continue. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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