Quickly rising to fame after impressing fans with his vocal talents, Frank Ocean landed himself a feature in the December 2012 issue of GQ magazine.
Bringing some friends along for the photo shoot, the 25-year-old R&B singer playfully posed for the Peggy Sirota shot spread while opening up about everything from telling his fans he's gay to being raised by a single mother.
A few highlights from Mr Ocean's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to GQ!
On coming out of the closet last July:
"The night I posted it, I cried like a f--king baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn't been happy in so long. I've been sad again since, but it's a totally different take on sad. There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness."
On fearing his sexuality might derail his career:
"In black music, we've got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family—not even my mother—who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that. It's tempting to give those views and words—that ignorance—more attention than they deserve. Very tempting."
On his mother raising him after his father left when he was six:
"I haven't seen him since. And for a while, you know, we were not middle-class. We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor—got her master's with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure. He'd had a really troubled life with crack, heroin, and alcohol and had kids he wasn't an ideal parent to. I was his second chance, and he gave it his best shot. My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind—like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out. He was a mentor at AA and NA, and I would go with him to meetings."