In an interview with The Guardian, Frank Ocean explained why he decided to come out.
ďA lot of people have said that since that news came out. I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way. But thereís another side of it thatís just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like Iím living a life where Iím not just successful on paper, but sure that Iím happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakiní boulder on my chest.
I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when. It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that Iím looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I donít have many secrets, so if you know that, and youíre still applauding Ö it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, Ďpronounsí in the writing of the record, I just wanted to Ė like I said on the post Ė offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky.
When you write a song like Forrest Gump, the subject canít be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I donít fear anybody. So, to answer your question, yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like itís just another time now. I have no interest in contributing to that, especially with my art. Itís the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.Ē