It’s a different kind of Independence Day for Frank Ocean.
In a note posted on his Tumblr account today, the Coachella 2012 artist details his love affair with a man.
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.”
This makes Ocean, 24, among the first hip-hop artists ever to apparently come out as bisexual or gay.
The Los Angeles Times weighs the importance:
The straightforward letter … is undoubtedly the glass ceiling moment for music. Especially black music, which has long been in desperate need of a voice like Ocean’s to break the layers of homophobia. There are plenty of reasons this moment has so much weight. Too many for any single article to explore.
Ocean originally intended the comments as liner notes in his debut album, which hits stores July 17, but said he wanted to clarify “all the rumors going around.”
He concluded his message: “I don’t have any secrets I need to keep anymore. … I feel like a free man. If I listen closely. I can hear the sky falling too.”