Stevie Wonder has apologised after comments he made about the sexuality of Channel: Orange star Frank Ocean were perceived to be homophobic.
Wonder, who will headline Bestival this coming weekend (Sept 7-9) caused offence after stating that Ocean's sexual preferences, which first came to attention when he penned a personal message on his Tumblr account, were 'confused'.
"I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused," said Wonder in an interview with The Guardian. "People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond."
However, sensing a growing tension around his ill advised comments, Wonder issued the following statement apologising for what he said:
"I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."
Stevie Wonder will be joined at Bestival by fellow headline acts New Order and Florence +The Machine as well as hundreds of other acts including Hot Chip, The xx, Sigur Ros and Friendly Fires.