Stevie Wonder apologizes for insinuating Frank Ocean might be confused instead of gay
Stevie Wonder has apologized for saying that R&B artist Frank Ocean, who recently came out as gay, is perhaps just confused.
Wonder made his original statement in a recent interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian. He was asked about the media frenzy which occurred when Ocean, who has drawn comparisons to the music legend, opened up about his sexuality.
"I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love," Wonder told the newspaper. "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."
The Grammy-winning singer, who has been blind since shortly after his birth, apologized for the comments, telling the Advocate, "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," Wonder continued. "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."
Frank Ocean made headlines in July, when he penned a Tumblr blog post in which he opened up about his sexuality and his first love - who was a man. In a letter he posted before his post, Ocean wrote, "We're all a bunch of golden million dollar babies. My hope is that the babies born these days will inherit less of the bull---- than we did."
Ocean's first studio album, "Channel Orange," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 131,000 copies in ten days.
The R&B artist, whose given name is Christopher Breaux, began his career as a ghost-writer for artists like Justin Bieber, Bridget Kelly and John Legend. He released his critically-acclaimed first mix tape "Nostalgia, Ultra" in February 2011.
On August 3, Stevie Wonder filed for divorce from his wife of 11-years, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.
The 62-year-old singer was previously married to Motown singer Syreeta Wright from 1970 until their divorce in 1972. Wonder also has five children from previous relationships.
Wonder also made headlines in June, after being targeted in an extortion plot by his cousin and his girlfriend, over what the singer deemed an "embarrassing" videotape.