Frank Ocean Talks Election Activism, Making His Instagram Public & Moving to NYC For 'GQ'

January 10, 2019

Frank Ocean opened up about his personal life in a rare moment for GQ's latest issue, which hit the web on Thursday (Jan. 10). The feature story provides a snapshot into much of what Ocean has going on through a conversation with a pair of his friends in Blonded Radio show co-hosts Vegyn and Emmett Cruddas. 

Back in November, Frank shockingly decided to make his Instagram account public. "I feel like there was dissonance between how I was seen by the audience and where I was actually, so that contributed to the decision to make my Instagram public, for sure," he explains of his move. "Although you could potentially be misrepresented; when you're completely minimal with media, there's a lot of pressure on whatever one thing you're doing, the stakes are higher. Social media helps that, 'cause you're fully in control and can message that how you want."

With the 31-year-old moving to NYC, it's the first time he can finally settle down in one location with his own space. Frank credits the unsaid energy oozing out of the Big Apple that helps inspire him creatively. "In New York, it's the first time in a minute that I've had my own space that's not a hotel and not some rented home, where everything around me is mine, and that's been really cozy and comfortable this past year," says Ocean.

For the mid-term elections of 2018, the "Moon River" singer designed merchandise for anyone that could prove they went out and voted. "I was excited about the idea of incentivizing people to vote and to get excited about midterms, because people aren't usually excited about voting at midterms," the California native detailed. "Getting seven or eight thousand people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice."

Could there be a project on the way from Frank Ocean in 2019? Read the interview in full over at GQ