Frank Ocean comes out
NEW YORK (AP) — Both Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean made revelations about their sexuality this week, but Ocean's could end up being the more significant announcement.
Ocean — the rising R&B singer behind the single Novacane and the self-released album nostalgia, ULTRA, which critics heralded as among the best of 2011 — announced on his Tumblr page Wednesday that his first love was a man. He also tweeted a link to the post.
Earlier this week, CNN's Cooper acknowledged that he was gay. But the admission from the 24-year-old Ocean - who is part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future and was prominently featured on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" album — is noteworthy because he inhabits the world of rap, where anti-gay sentiments have long been part of the regular vocabulary.