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Beyonce is speaking out in support of rapper Frank Ocean, who announced last week that his first love was a man. The pop star has written a short tribute to the "Novacane" singer-songwriter on her blog, praising his decision to come out to his fans and to the world of hip hop.
"Be fearless, be honest, be generous," begins Beyonce's poem about Ocean, whose new album, Channel Orange, debuted on iTunes last night. The album drops in stores on July 17.
Blue Ivy's poetic mama, 30, continued: "Be brave, be poetic, be open, be free, be yourself, be in love, be happy, be inspiration."
Ocean, 24, revealed on his Tumblr blog July 3 that he fell in love with a man five years ago. "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together," he wrote.
It's a story of passion and heartbreak: "He did his best, but he wouldn’t do the same," Ocean explains of the night he confessed his feelings. "He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs."
Since his revelation, Ocean has received a lot of support from the hyper-masculine world of rap and hip hop, and Beyonce's ode is the latest from an A-list star.
In another age and time, Ocean's admission might have signaled the end of his professional success: "Ten or 15 years ago Frank Ocean could never have come out," Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African-American studies at Duke University, told the New York Times. "It would have been death to his career."
Yesterday Ocean expressed his gratitude on Twitter: "Trying to figure out what to say to a million people...s--t, uhh world peace haha."