Arts Beat (The New York Times)
September 4, 2012
Stevie Wonder has issued a statement clarifying comments he had made about the R&B singer Frank Ocean, who recently surprised the hyper-masculine world of urban music by acknowledging on his Tumblr site that he’d fallen in love with a man several years ago. During a recent interview with The Guardian, Stevie Wonder was asked if he was surprised over the uproar caused by Mr. Ocean’s revelations, since no other mainstream R&B artist had so openly embraced their sexual orientation. Mr. Wonder responded: “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.’’