R&B singer Frank Ocean is tired of people trying to get into his business. In response to a question from GQ writer Amy Wallace about whether or not he identifies as bisexual, Ocean responded:
You can move to the next question. 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 and shit. I’m in this business to be creative—I’ll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. One of the pieces of content that I’m for fuck sure not giving is porn videos. 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. 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 shit. 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 shit, you can’t feel. You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. Don’t get caught up in that shit. There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That shit is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.
Ocean made headlines earlier this year when he he posted a note on Tumblr about falling in love with a man for the first time. Many took it as a coming out letter of sorts, and it heightened the sense of anticipation for his hit album, “Channel Orange.” Whatever its intention, it’s been clear in the months since that Ocean has challenged traditional norms of sexuality in hip-hop — though he obviously still wants folks to respect his privacy.
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