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Frank Ocean Serenaded Brad Pitt at FYF Fest

Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP
Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP

During a performance of "Close to You" and Jackson 5's “Never Can Say Goodbye."

"Just like me, they long to be close to you," is a heartbreaking Frank Ocean lyric in and of itself. However, when that lyric is sung with soulful ache on stage at FYF Fest while a camera captures Brad Pitt talking solemnly on his phone, it becomes art. The performance art piece came in the middle of Ocean's triumphant return to the LA music festival he notoriously cancelled on back in 2015, and it cemented the singer's bromance with Pitt as the stuff of legend.

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For those of you who've missed this simmering relationship between the two masters of their field, here's a refresher: In May, Pitt told GQ that in the midst of his divorce with Angelina Jolie (which we're still reeling from if we're being honest with ourselves), he started listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, saying, "I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He's painfully honest. He's very, very special." Not long after that revelation, Ocean performed in Manchester, England draped in a shirt with Pitt's face on it.

Now, the slow burn of tension between the two finally culminated at Exposition Park and it's beautiful. As Ocean began with "Close to You" and ended with a rendition of Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye," Pitt's phone never left his ear. Who was he talking to? Angelina? A divorce lawyer? The Seamless delivery man? His own hopes and dreams?

We may never know, but the videographer who filmed him (and Ocean's full set) was allegedly none other than auteur filmmaker Spike Jonze, so we may be seeing Pitt's solemn face talking on his cell phone in some art film in the near future.

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