In an interview with the Guardian Guide, available in full on Saturday, Frank Ocean finally spoke about his coming out. He broke down his reasoning and gave some insight into what's been going on in his head.
On why he did it:
"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."
On not waiting to come out:
"I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. 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."
On not being afraid to make the announcement:
"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."
Update. You can now read the entire interview here.