Frank Ocean on coming out: A “boulder on my chest” has been lifted

It’s been over a fortnight now since Frank Ocean went public about his sexuality. But, thanks in part to a live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the success of his debut album, channel ORANGE, and his accompanying tour, which is currently underway, the Odd Future singer has helped to shift the attention onto the important issue – the music – since then.

Having remained largely silent, Ocean finally spoke on his coming out with The Guardian, detailing his reasons for going public with it. The crooner said that he is now “happy when I wake up in the morning” and that it feels like “a boulder on my chest” has been lifted. The channel ORANGE star also noted that his decision can help many more lives – something he didn’t have as a youth.

“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,” he said.

Revealing that his open letter, which was posted to Tumblr, was penned back in December 2011, Ocean spoke on the pressures of opening up.

“I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he said. “I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.”

However, now confident in his decision, the R&B artist downplayed the potential – and unfortunate – after-effects of coming out.

“People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American.”

The full interview will feature in Saturday’s (July 21st) issue of the Guardian Guide.