Frank Ocean has given his first interview for three years, after speaking at a state dinner at The White House.
Ocean hasn’t given any interviews to promote his recent album ‘Blonde’ or its companion visual album ‘Endless’, and last spoke publicly in depth around his 2012 album ‘Channel Orange’.
But the singer gave an impromptu interview on The White House red carpet, when a reporter asked Ocean about his checked Vans trainers. He also discussed visiting The White House, attending the state dinner with his mother, Katonya Breaux.
Frank Ocean's interview at the White House. First interview in almost 3 years pic.twitter.com/MZqdsdAyM4
— Frank Ocean Daily (@TeamFrankDaily) October 19, 2016
Asked about backing Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the night of her third debate with Republican rival Donald Trump, Ocean was non-committal, saying he “probably” wouldn’t play any concerts to boost Clinton’s campaign and stating “I don’t know” when asked if he’d back her in any other way.
The full 90-second exchange is below, with footage of the interview above via Ocean’s Twitter fangroup Team Frank Daily.
Beats 1’s Zane Lowe stated in September he had interviewed Ocean in Tokyo, but it’s not known when or if that interview will appear.
Reporter: Have you ever been to a state dinner?
Ocean: First time doing it. Probably because this is my first time here.
Reporter: What was the reasoning behind the Vans? Wanted to make a statement and be casual?
Ocean: You can’t think. You just have to do things.
Reporter: What are you most looking forward to tonight?
Ocean: Asking Obama if he had fun these last eight years. Just congratulating him also.
Reporter: Did you ever see yourself at the state dinner?
Ocean: No I didn’t. I think that explains the Vans.
Reporter: A lot of musicians are putting their support behind Hillary Clinton, doing concerts. Do you see yourself doing that?
Ocean: Concerts, probably not.
Reporter: In other ways?
Ocean: Maybe, I don’t know. We’re running out of time, I think. I might have to catch you in four years.