Def Jam said Frank Ocean’s confession about his sexuality was not the publicity stunt that some speculate it to be.
Frank came out about his bisexuality on July 4 in a letter that revealed his first love was a man. People haven’t stopped talking about it since. Less than a week later, the "Thinking About You" singer gave the world even more to buzz about on Tuesday, when he dropped his new Channel Orange album days ahead of schedule.
The timing of Frank’s confession in relationship to his latest release has led some to speculate that perhaps the coming out was a ploy to get all eyes on him before Channel Orange hit retailers.
Executives at Def Jam are denying those rumblings, stating that this was nothing more than a case of very fortunate timing.
"You have to understand that Frank’s letter last week was in NO WAY intended to impact the marketing of this record," Def Jam President Joie Manda told Entertainment Weekly in a letter. "Like all things with Frank, it was a carefully measured, very personal decision."
Joie added that Def Jam plans to continue backing Frank’s "creativity and artistry and allow him the freedom to continue building the very special relationship he’s cultivated with his fans.”
Meanwhile, Target is speaking out against implications from a member of Frank’s team that it is discriminating against the crooner. Frank’s manager Christian Clancy posted a contemplative tweet that suggested Target’s refusal to stock Channel Orange has something to do with his bisexuality.
"The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false," a rep for the department store chain said in a statement. "Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand."