Stevie Wonder has issued a statement, clarifying comments he recently made about Frank Ocean’s sexuality.
During an interview with The Guardian last week, Wonder appeared to question Ocean’s claim he fell in love with a man, calling him “confused”:
“I like Frank. [But] 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. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.”
Wonder has since issued a statement to The Advocate, apologising for his (really rather silly) comments:
“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.”
In July, Ocean revealed that he fell in love with a man when he was 19 years old, in an open letter posted to the social network, Tumblr.
The admission inspired a wealth of support from the hip hip world, including Jay-Z, who wrote a heartfelt blog post, applauding Ocean’s honesty.