Russell Simmons Issues Statement About Frank Ocean

    As previously reported, late last night, Frank Ocean whipped up a Tumblr post in which he wrote about a relationship he had with another man when they were both 19, leading the media in general to report that Ocean is either bisexual or gay. And though Ocean did not explicitly say whether he is gay or bisexual, it’s being presumed that he is one or the other. (Of course, we will not confirm Ocean’s sexuality until Ocean does so himself.)

    As a response to Ocean’s statement, however, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has released his own statement about Ocean:

    Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are.  How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean.  Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These type of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.  

    His gifts are undeniable.  His talent, enormous.  His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people.Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart.  Frank just found his.

    Frank, we thank you.  We support you.  We love you.