07/30/2012 01:54 pm ET

Frank Ocean: 'People Are Just Afraid Of Things Too Much'

Weeks following Frank Ocean revealing his first love was a man and the release of his critically acclaimed album, “Channel Orange,” the R&B singer is standing by his decision to release his much talked about open letter.

During a recent interview with the Guardian, the Odd Future affiliate explained how the lyrics featured on his debut opus inspired him to reveal such intimate details about his past.

"I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions," he said. "I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when."

"People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists,” he continued. “Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American."

Following its advanced release via digital retailers on July 10, “Channel Orange” went on to debut at the #2 slot on Billboard’s Top 200 charts with 128,000 units sold during the first week.

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