It appears that the American R&B singer Frank Ocean has come out as gay through his new album, which is due for release on July 17.
Three of Ocean’s songs on his latest album, Channel Orange, contain lyrics referencing the person he is in love with. They are not gender neutral and reference a man, not a woman.
This is Max reports having been given the opportunity to hear Channel Orange, after Ocean had “introduced his exclusive album playback live from the US via ichat”.
Commenting positively about the album, This is Max added: “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.”
The songs in question are “Bad Religion,” “Pink Matter” and “Forrest Gump”.
However, as NewNowNext points out, Ocean, 24, has yet to speak about it.
In 2010, Frank Ocean joined American alternative hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (often referred to as OFWGKTA or Odd Future). In 2011, he released his debut mix-tape nostalgia, ULTRA. In January this year, he polled second in the BBC Sound of 2012.
In July and August, Ocean is due to perform as the opening act for Coldplay at a number of shows for their 2012 European tour.