Frank Ocean, who chose Independence Day (July 4) to address rumors about his sexual orientation, is the subject of a very personal New York Times feature, in which he discusses his "gloriously painful love life" and an ill-fated collaboration with Nas.

In the story, Ocean reveals that his work with Nas, a song called "No Such Thing as White Jesus," was lost due to a "technological mishap." The New Orleans-born crooner can still quote the words he wrote for the song, and would have been able to recreate his parts, had he been given time.

The Odd Future singer-songwriter details his relationships, though he does not specify the sex of the partners he is "getting away from," via a planned move to Toronto.

"I've given three and a half years of my life to that situation and situations like it," he said of one romance.

"I've written some great things ... that's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer."

His debut album, Channel Orange, debuts July 17.

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