When channel ORANGE was released, Frank also made headlines when he revealed his first love, at age 19, was a man. He wrote in an open letter on his Tumblr account, “4 Summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that Summer, and the Summer after, together. Everyday, almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversations and his silence . . . Until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love.” He is one of the first big hip-hop/R&B artists to express feelings for someone of the same sex.