Singer Frank Ocean reveals first love was a man

Singer Frank Ocean, seen here at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, was nominated for six Grammys, including for best new artist and album of the year. Pictures: Grammy Nominations Concert Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella

Frank Ocean performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 13, 2012, in Indio, Calif.
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(CBS/AP) Frank Ocean says he feels like a free man: The acclaimed singer has revealed that his first love was a man.

Ocean - the rising R&B singer behind the single "Novacane" and the self-released album "nostalgia, ULTRA," which critics heralded as among the best of 2011 - announced on his Tumblr page Wednesday that his first love was a man.

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Ocean, part of the group Odd Future, wrote: "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide."

Ocean concludes the post: "I don't have any secrets I need to keep anymore. ... I feel like a free man. If I listen closely. I can hear the sky falling too."

Ocean has a new album, "Channel Orange," coming out July 17.

The 24-year-old singer said he had intended his post to be part of his album credits, but because there have been recent rumors about his sexuality, he decided to post it on his Tumblr page.

Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator congratulated Ocean for his courage on Twitter.

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