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Frank Ocean comes out, discusses first love on tumblr

If you kept yourself plugged into Twitter over the July 4 holiday, it was hard to miss the news that R&B phenom Frank Ocean had come out about his sexuality, explaining on his Tumblr page that his first love was a man. Ocean wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide.”


Frank Ocean arrives at the 16th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles in November, 2011. (Matt Sayles/AP)

“Channel Orange” will be Ocean’s major label debut, but his adventurous brand of R&B started making waves more than a year ago. He gained notoriety as a member of the L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future, his self-released “Nostalgia, Ultra” album was one of 2011’s best, he sang the most profound hook on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” album, and his silky voice even managed to chill out the moshers at an Odd Future gig at the Rock & Roll Hotel last spring.

Ocean performs at the 9:30 Club on July 23.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.

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