R&B singer Frank Ocean has seen his popularity soar since coming out publicly as a gay man earlier this summer.
But now he’s got fellow singer Stevie Wonder speculating about whether Ocean really is gay.
In an interview with the UK’s Guardian, Wonder was asked if he was surprised that there could still be such a furor, in the year 2012, about a performer such as Ocean coming out as gay.
‘I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,’ Wonder replied. ‘People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.’
Ocean’s first major label solo album, Channel Orange, was released days after he came out in July. It has stormed to critical and commercial success, reaching the top of the US Billboard R&B chart.
Ocean, 24, famous for being a member of Odd Future, come out by publishing a screenshot of a text document on his tumblr that revealed his sexuality.
The document, titled ‘Thank You’, was written on a plane between New Orleans and Los Angeles, and was originally meant to be in the album notes for the new album.
Ocean wrote: ‘4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost, and on the days we were together, time would glide.
‘Most of the time I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless.’