Frank Ocean has sparked a social media firestorm with an apparent selfie of him sporting a new hairdo — but fans have been debating whether it’s real or not.
On Tuesday (March 14), Frank Ocean Twitter fan account @blondedhomer posted a photo supposedly shared by the singer with his “close friends” on Instagram, which sees him rocking shoulder-length locs.
While Frank is known for wearing his hair much shorter, this new photo could presumably mark the start of another chapter for the Grammy-Award-winning singer — if real.
Take a look at the viral photo below:
Frank Ocean returns with a new look. pic.twitter.com/uBi6SlJE5z
— frank ocean clique (@blondedhomer) March 13, 2023
A number of jokes and creative speculations were immediately posted in the comment section of the post. “Frank Lion boutta drop a Reggae album,” one fan wrote, playing on Snoop Dogg’s reggae alias Snoop Lion.
“This man only comes back when he need a reup on money .. then he disappears again for 4-5 year.. rinse & repeat,” another fan commented.
This can’t be real,” read another post.
A fourth person tweeted: “You guys are stupid as hell”
Frank Lion boutta drop a Reggae album https://t.co/XTxZ9ZGmEk
— 🦺WORK&PLAY MIXTAPE OUT NOW🦺 (@BoomdrawOfFizix) March 14, 2023
This man only comes back when he need a reup on money .. then he disappears again for 4-5 year.. rinse & repeat
— SSJ4 goku 💫🐐 (@Dro2H) March 14, 2023
This can’t be real 💀
— NDS (@NDS1110) March 13, 2023
You guys are stupid as hell https://t.co/l7a0frPaVs
— **** (@yourenottheguy) March 14, 2023
The alleged new do could also be a sign that the elusive singer has been so busy working on his next project that he hasn’t had time to trim his hair. In January, he revealed some insight into his upcoming music plans — including a potential new album — via a recent merch drop.
Frank Ocean rereleased his lauded Blonde LP on vinyl in late December, and the album was accompanied by a foldout poster that tells the story of a “fictitious Recording Artist” and his dealings with the music industry.
The story, which closely mirrors Ocean’s own journey, states that the artist wanted to forego the “outdated” album format and instead solely release singles, which he believed was more suited to “modern consumption habits.” (Frank dropped a handful of singles that appeared to be part of a series in 2019 and 2020, including “DHL,” “In My Room,” “Dear April” and “Cayendo.”)
After the pandemic, however, the artist U-turned on his plans and “is again interested in more durational bodies of work.”
Not only has Frank hinted at a possible return to music, but he is also slated to head to the California desert and perform at Coachella 2023. The annual music and arts festival will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio on the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23.
It will see Frank Ocean return to the stage for his first festival performance of the decade. He will headline both Sundays, and fans are already cooking up theories that he will release some music prior to Coachella.