Within my circle, there was a lot of places I thought I could turn that I felt like I couldn’t turn to anymore.” “Sometimes I’m fascinated with how famous my work could be while I’m not so famous.
Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation. “It’s hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure. A lot of people stopped me on the street when I hadn’t put music out in a while, literally would yell out of an Uber, “Frank, where the album? Now I look at things differently, but at the time, yeah.
Audiences in excess of five million people [on national TV]. A.s, being tapped to perform at the Grammys — me saying yes to those things had a lot to do with how those things made me feel before I was actually in the business.
I was always reluctant to do those things except in cases where they had this nostalgic significance to me. And just wanting to be rubbing shoulders with those people and being seen at those places.
Since opening up about his first true (and unrequited) love for another man as he released critically-acclaimed debut album in 2012 the singer has built a veil of mystery around himself, rarely commenting on his personal life except through occasional posts on his Tumblr page – including one letter of solidarity in the wake of the Orlando attacks, in which he wrote, “many hate us and wish we didn’t exist.” Now, Attitude’s 2016 Artist of the Year has spoken about finding dating easier since hitting the big time, hinting that he is more at ease with himself since coming out in 2012.
In an interview with the New York Times, the 29-year-old said that dating had become more “normal” than when he first burst on to the scene.
And of course, while James Blake was generous enough to drop a bit of insight into their creative relationship for the nerds like myself, he shed absolutely no light on when the shit is coming out.
All we really know at this point is that he is "onto something." Thanks James.
But, in the months following, Frank Ocean has seemingly disappeared once again. , escaping to London, certain things in his career that didn’t go the way he liked and a lot more.
He briefly spoke to C-SPAN about going to the White House state dinner in a perfect-fitting navy suit wearing checkerboard slip-ons. "You can't think, you just gotta do things." But, other than that, nothing. You can read the full interview here, or check out some choice excerpts below. I always thought about it like, if your house is on fire, you need to get out of the house.
“I’m in a very different place than I was four or five years ago with all that stuff,” he said.
“Different in my relationship with myself, which means everything. There’s no, you know, crisis.” But despite having found himself more at peace with romance, the star is yet replicate the love that inspired the 2012 Tumblr post.
In the interview, he touched on a topic that currently seems to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time--the ever elusive Frank Ocean and this goddamn album that was supposed to drop almost a year ago.