Frank Ocean announces he is gay
By April MacIntyre Jul 5, 2012, 15:24 GMT
R&B singer Frank Ocean, whose self-released album "nostalgia, ULTRA," was heralded as among the best of its genre in 2011, announced on his Tumblr page Wednesday that his first love was a man.
Ocean, 24, who was featured on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" album followed CNN reporter Anderson Cooper this past week, who came out as a gay man publicly
"I think it's definitely important and it really signifies that there is a changing of the face of hip-hop," said Chuck Creekmur, founder of the leading website allhiphop.com.
Ocean wrote: "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide." Ocean concludes the post: "I don't have any secrets I need to keep anymore. . . . I feel like a free man."
Ocean has a new album, "Channel Orange," coming out July 17.