Frank Ocean is opening up about why he decided to come out as a gay man, and saying the major reason for his decision was his own “sanity.” The 24-year-old ingenue, who has penned songs for the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z and Kanye West, said in a recent interview, “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 also revealed that he hopes his decision to come out will have a positive influence on younger members of the gay community. “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.”
As for possible backlash, Ocean is not too concerned. “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.”
Ocean’s debut album, Channel Orange, debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts this week as an iTunes exclusive.