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Frank Ocean breaks silence with blog on Orlando: ‘Many wish we didnt exist’

The lauded R&B artist, who has stayed out of the public eye since coming out on Tumblr in 2012, wrote a mournful piece about the Pulse nightclub shooting

Frank Ocean has mourned hateful acts towards the LGBT community in an emotional blogpost responding to the Orlando shooting, writing: Many hate us and wish we didnt exist.

The lauded R&B artist has kept away from the spotlight since coming out as bisexual in an open letter on the micro-blogging site Tumblr in July 2012, the same month his chart-topping album Channel Orange was released.

Despite the albums critical acclaim, Ocean evaded interviews and has only spoken publicly sporadically, often on Tumblr, where he has written about his sadness over Princes death and Donald Trump.

But Tuesdays intensely personal post described his reaction to the Orlando shooting and the history of hate towards the LGBT community.

I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month, Ocean said. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us.

Ocean continued to say the last time he saw his father was at lunch when his dad called their waitress a faggot the first time Ocean had heard the derogatory word, aged six.

Many dont see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year, Ocean said. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?

While Ocean has kept quiet over the past four years, fans and the music press have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up to Channel Orange, in part because of the artists hints of its imminent arrival on social media. And the latest reports say that the album was premiered at a listening party in New York City earlier this year.

The blogpost made no mention of the next album, though its personal themes were reflective of the lyrics in Channel Orange.

Ocean wrote in the post that reality seems bleak and he hopes that attitudes will soon change.

Ocean said: I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here.

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