After weeks of analysis, praise and some backlash, singer Frank Ocean is opening up about his decision to reveal a past romance with another man.
Ocean took to his Tumblr blog July 3 to give, in straightforward detail, an account of his same-sex relationship, and the subsequent reaction has catapulted the 24-year-old to media stardom. The decision was not for album sales, he says, but for sanity.
Coming out was "about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I'm living a life where … I'm happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin' boulder on my chest," Ocean said in an interview with the Guardian.
"I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way."