Stevie Wonder Clarifies Frank Ocean Comments
After making controversial comments about R&B singer Frank Ocean’s love affair with a man, Stevie Wonder is now backpedaling and attempted to explain his remarks in a statement, the U.K. newspaper the Guardian reported.
Ocean, 24, made media headlines in July when he wrote on his Tumblr that his first love was a man. The reveal rocked the R&B and the sometimes anti-gay rap community as many of the young singer’s peers commended him for having the courage to make the announcement.
But Wonder, 62, an R&B legend, had some interesting comments about Ocean and his same-sex love affair when he spoke with the Guardian last week.
"I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused," he told the publication. "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."
Over the weekend, however, the singer issued a statement to the Advocate and apologized for his remarks.
"I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood," he said. "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. 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."