Crooner Frank Ocean has come clean, with the Odd Future star talking candidly about his childhood and admitting that, while he was never a bully in high school, he was a “thug” who spent his teenage years dealing drugs.
The 25-year-old made the confession in an interview with Oyster magazine. After being asked what he was like in high school, Ocean said, “I was a thug. I sold a lot of cocaine and crack… All the time.” The Channel Orange star also opened up about the lack of encouragement he had from his family as a child:
“You know, I didn’t ever have a disciplinarian in my creative life. As a young person I didn’t have – for lack of a better word – I didn’t have a Joe Jackson in my family. I didn’t have that sort of overbearing stage-parent… Or, even, I didn’t even have a parent who encouraged what I did in that way. And – don’t bring out the string section. It’s not really sad…”
He also spoke about being drawn to the fantasy of the music industry:
“What [the lack of encouragement] did foster is, well, my attitude was pure. I love to make music, and I love to write. It was writing first. I love to write and express myself in that medium, so that was the pure part — just the love of doing something, but there was also this fantasy of what the lifestyle would be and what the trappings of success would be. There are different little montage clips that you make up in your mind, like what a day in the life would be like once you’re a fully grown whatever-you’re-going-to-become, you know?”
It’s been a turbulent year for the Thinkin’ Bout You singer, who was forced to cancel his entire Australian tour back in July, including his headlining Splendour In The Grass performance, after he suffered vocal cord damage.