Frank Ocean Explains Why He Finally Opened His Instagram To The Public
The rap star explains why he let the general public access his social media account.
The musician, whose account dates back to May 2017, had opted to keep his social media private until November when he surprised fans by granting them access to his page.
In an interview with Vegyn and Emmett Cruddas, the co-hosts of his Apple Music show Blonded Radio, for American GQ, Frank explained why he decided to give the online community this insight into his life.
“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,” said the 31-year-old. “But there’s also the idea of dialogue and discourse and conversation—like theater where the audience can interrupt you versus the television.”
Frank, who doesn’t often do interviews, went on to add that without a diverse range of media coverage, he believes “a lot of pressure” falls on the limited places where he is represented.
“With some pop stars, the idea of them is maybe more balanced or fully formed: a half-dozen magazine covers, x amount of interviews, a daily influx of media,” he considered. “There’s a way you wanna be in the visual press, 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.”
Frank currently has 1.1 million Instagram followers and follows 312 people including Lady Gaga, Cardi B, and, Barack and Michelle Obama.