Frank Ocean receives support from peers after revealing same-sex love
(CBS/AP) Frank Ocean has received lots of support from his music industry peers after he revealed that his first love was a man.
The R&B singer announced the news Wednesday on his blog.
His record label's president, Joie Manda, gave support to the rising singer in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday.
"The courage he displayed in his beautiful and eloquent letter was touching on many levels. Frank broke down a wall that should never have been built," Manda's statement read. "The overwhelming show of support from his peers was awesome and inspiring. Island Def Jam is so proud to stand beside Frank Ocean - the artist and man - now and always."
Def Jam founder Russell Simmons wrote in a post that he's moved by Ocean's "courage and honesty."
"Today is a big day for hip-hop," Simmons wrote on his Global Grind website Wednesday. "Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear."
Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers tweeted: "Strong move by frank ocean, makes me happy."
And others, from Solange Knowles to RuPaul to Rita Ora, also tweeted positive thoughts.
Actor Johnny Knoxville called Ocean's decision a "brave thing to do, and the right thing to do" in a tweet Thursday.
Ocean is best known for the R&B songs "Novacane" and "Thinkin Bout You." The 24-year-old's self-released debut, "nostalgia, ULTRA," met critical success last year and will be followed by an official studio album, "Channel Orange," on July 17. It features collaborations with John Mayer and Andre 3000 of OutKast.
The singer is also a member of the alternative hip-hop group Odd Future. His band mate, Tyler, the Creator, is known for using homophobic words in songs, but he also has showed support for Ocean.
Ocean is launching his U.S. tour next week.
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