Watch The Pronouns: Is Frank Ocean Bisexual or Is that Just One Reviewer’s Unfounded Opinion?

July 3, 2012  |  


Though Frank Ocean is probably not addressing any specific rumors in his “i don’t know anything. & neither do you” Twitter bio, that does seem to hit the nail on the head concerning the whispers (and headlines) surrounding his upcoming debut album .

For those of you who don’t know who Frank Ocean is, he is a 24-year-old R&B singer and songwriter and earlier this year, he released a mixtape.  He has already had some hits like Novacane and Swim Good and he even appeared on Watch the Throne. Frank is currently promoting his album “Channel Orange” in the UK ahead of the July 17th release date, and Max, a London music critic who listened to Channel Orange, believes his album isn’t the only thing “coming out” that day. She claims that the lyrics she heard reveal Frank Ocean is bisexual:

Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music. On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ ‘Pink Matter and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and there are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.

In the world we live in now we can’t see this being an issue or why it should be?? But we do commend him for not continuing a facade and conforming to what a Hip Hop so called rule book expects, we say live your life and be yourself. If you love women and men, that’s your business.

Max goes on to say Channel Orange is a “beautiful album and worthy of sitting next to classics by Prince, Michael Jackson, George Benson and Sade.”

When you think of classic R&B love songs, most if not all of them are men singing about women and women singing about men, but eventually someone is going to deviate from that norm. Whether or not that’s Frank Ocean is yet to be determined. So far, Max is the only listener who interpreted his lyrics in this way. Other people listened to the album, including Complex magazine, and they didn’t come to that conclusion. Frank Ocean hasn’t commented either way, so I guess it will be up to the fans to determine for themselves when the album is released and they have their own listen.

What do you think? Would you listen to an R&B album of a man singing about another man?

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  • Realist

    good music is good music
    no matter who you sing it for

  • Ena

    I must say I would love to say the news does not change my view of Frankie but sadly he does. I wish he would of spared this personal information. As a woman it is difficult for me to hear a gay man sing about loving his male lover. I appreciate music I identify with and homosexual love is foreign for me. And most importantly, Frank does not owe us that explanation. Is he talented, YES! But Frank lose one here.

  • Anna

    I am SO TIRED of hearing about Frank Ocean! So what Frank you are GAY! Your are not the first and wont be the last! Ppl are congratulating him for coming out. WHY? It’s his business. I wonder if Brian McKnight will chime in to say “LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT IN R&B”?

  • Mrs.j.cole

    he is fine….and it doesn’t matter if he’s bi as long as he’s happy it’s all good

  • psylocke_2001

    well here you have it:
    it doesn’t matter to me though, it’s none of my business. still a fan of his.

  • IllyPhilly

    Does it really matter? R. Kelly can piss on people and still sell albums.

  • Msmykimoto2u

    Um he just came out today! Catch up MN please! He isnt Bi he is gay and now he says he has no more secrets to hide. Im glad he thought his fans had the right to know

    • Mrs.j.cole

      no he’s bi

  • Mia

    Why not? I’ve listened to men sing about women and could relate to how they felt, even though I don’t date women. As long as Frank isn’t singing about children, murder or rape. I don’t see what the problem is.

  • Leanne Sealy

    and boom she hit it right on the head.

  • Korey

    I only care about the music. I really don’t give a damn about the artist’s personal life… In my eyes, they exist to entertain me and when they are not, they live life.

  • psylocke_2001

    Maybe he’s talking about God, capital H-I-M?

    • Ash

      I’m sure if he was singing about God, his music would be under the Gospel genre.

      • You can sing about God without doing gospel. Seriously?

      • psylocke_2001

        Not necessarily, Brandy did a song called He Is which was supposed to be about God, and that’s not really considered a gospel song per se.

  • guesswho88

    i don’t care i love that song thinking of you or something like that . he can be green with pink polka dots as long as he sings that song lol!

  • Just_Me:)

    I don’t care if he’s gay, or bisexual, or straight. I love his music, and it is very good music.

  • bluekissess

    Art is very subjective. People can interpret it any way they want.
    if he is what’s new? The question is who isn’t


    no, wouldnt thats disgusting. period.

  • Kaay

    He is a VERY talented artist period. I would listen to him either way. I would have waited if I were him though. Let music fans get to know his talent and appreciate him as an artist. People love judging/making someone a poster-child. That’s why I applaud Latifah for how she handles the “gay talk.” She lives her life openly, but refuses to discuss her personal life, which might subsequently put her in a box. I would hate for music lovers to subconsciously/consciously discount Frank Ocean because of sexual preference.

  • Jay

    Who cares either way? Even if he is gay it shouldn’t matter. Some old school R&B male artists were gay and that didn’t come out until after their deaths Teddy Pendergrass,Luther Vandross to name a few. So if he is coming out at least he is having the guts to say it.

    • sholla21

      Wait, Teddy? I never heard that one.

      • bluekissess

        That had to be something home girl made up. I have never heard Teddy being gay

        • Just_Me:)

          No, I’ve heard that Teddy was gay as well. Or bisexual. Most people use that in Killing Me Softly, he didn’t change the “he”s in the lyrics as “evidence”.

    • rem

      Those are speculations not confirmations. Controversy always comes out after someones death because It’s easy to say those things when someone dead and they cant defend themselves.

  • Shan

    Wow what has this world come too? Frank Ocean is not bisexual or gay, has the world distorted our minds that much?

    • shan

      I guess I was wrong. Lol still love his music though and I respect him even more. God bless.

  • NM

    Whether he is or isn’t shouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.