‘American Idol’ Alum David Archuleta Reveals He Is a Member of LGBTQIA+ Community in Honor of Pride Month

If you grew up watching American Idol, then you probably remember David Archuleta, the second place champion of the seventh season (whose song "Crush" still slaps to this day).

Now, in honor of Pride month, the 30-year-old singer just revealed in an emotional post that he is part of the LGBTQIA+ community. He also shared how this aspect of his identity has intersected with his religion.

Archuleta started out by saying, “I like to keep to myself but also thought this was important to share because I know so many other people from religious upbringings feel the same way. I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality. I came out in 2014 as gay to my family. But then I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. Then I also have learned I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage [laughing emoji]. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges.”

He continued, “There are people experiencing the same feelings of being LGBTQIA+, (i know that’s a lot of letters that a lot of people don’t understand, but there are a lot of unique experiences people feel and live that make them feel isolated and alone that are represented) who are wrestling to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just as I have. Idk what to make of it and I don’t have all the answers. I just invite you to please consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself.”

Archuleta then asked for more acceptance within religious communities, including his own, saying, “I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the wrestle between being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith. There are more than you may realize going through that wrestle after all the misunderstandings that come with it. I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other. For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am. I’ve yet to figure out what that means but I appreciate you listening to this personal matter. Again I don’t feel comfortable sharing it, but felt I needed to to bring more awareness to people in my same situation and let you know you’re not alone. You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”

The singer continued his message in the comments and was met with lots of love and support from fellow celebs. David Cook, the winner of Archuleta's American Idol season, said, “Love you man, and so proud of who you are.” Another American Idol alum, Jordin Sparks, commented, “I am so proud of you and proud to know you. You are so loved, David.” Meanwhile, Glee star Kevin McHale added, “so proud of you,” with a series of heart emojis.

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Joel Calfee

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Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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