If you recall, Frank Ocean caused quite the stir this year with his bold, intensely personal remarks about his sexuality.
In the months since, critical interest seems to have shifted from Ocean’s peccadilloes (“Frank Ocean releases landmark letter”) to his talents (“Frank Ocean releases landmark album”) – but it seems the ripples from Ocean’s statement haven’t dissipated quite yet.
Stevie Wonder – currently preparing to headline Bestival this Sunday – gave an interview to The Guardian earlier this week in which he appeared to belittle Ocean’s admissions about his sexuality. Asked about the fallout from Ocean’s statement, Wonder said: “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond”.
Wonder has now issued a statement of his own, clarifying his remarks and apologising for any offence caused. The singer’s words are pretty categorical: “I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.” [via NME]
In the Guardian interview, Wonder also describes meeting Ocean and singing Watch The Throne cut ‘No Church In The Wild’ back to him; you can listen to the original below.