Frank Ocean mourns Prince: 'He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually'


Messages of mourning and celebration of Prince continue to pour out from friends, fans and everything in between on social media.

Frank Ocean joined those remembering the late, great artist in a heartfelt post on his Tumblr page paying tribute to the man he says made him feel more comfortable with his own sexuality.

Ocean named his favourite Prince song as When You Were Mine and commented that although he never met the man and didn't ever get to see him play live, he was inspired by his "freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity".

Read his full post below and prepare to feel moved.

i'm not even gonna say rest in peace because it's bigger than death. i never met the man (i was too nervous the one time i saw him) and i never saw him play live, regrettably. i only know the legends I've heard from folks and what i've heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work. my assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else's opinion of you.. an infectious sentiment that seemed soaked into his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream. he wrote my favorite song of all time, 'when you were mine'. it's a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have - a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable. he was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. he made me feel more comfortable with how i identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. he moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration - his denial of the prevailing model...his fight for his intellectual property - 'slave' written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol... an all out rebellion against exploitation. A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I'm proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.