He has been forthright about his devout Mormon faith in the past, but has skirted the conversation pertaining to his sexuality… until now.
Just in time for Pride Month, American Idol star David Archuleta shared a touching and intimate post to his Instagram on Saturday.
The singer, 30, uploaded a selfie in a blue shirt with a lengthy caption in which he disclosed that he now identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Just in time for Pride Month: American Idol star David Archuleta shared a touching and intimate post to his Instagram on Saturday, in which he came out as LGBTQIA+
‘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,’ the notoriously private reality star began.
‘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,’ he continued, ‘which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges.’
Seen in 2009: David has been forthright about his devout Mormon faith in the past, but had previously skirted the conversation pertaining to his sexuality
David then addressed others of faith who may not understand or accept those who identify as LGBTQIA+, which is an inclusive acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual.
‘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,’ he wrote.
‘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.’
‘There are people experiencing the same feelings of being LGBTQIA+… who are wrestling to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just as I have,’ he wrote
‘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,’ Archuleta added.
‘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.’
He then shared candid details of his own struggles, which had previously seen him seemingly at odds with the gay community the past.
Seen here in 2018: ‘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’
‘For people who don’t really understand how feelings outside of just being heterosexual can be possible and ok I just plead that you be more understanding to people who experience and struggle with things that you may not experience and understand yourself. I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created.
If other people choose to live differently than what you’ve been raised to believe is right, please have compassion because it’s most likely been an exhausting journey for them to be ok with the feelings they have and never have been able to change,’ he added. ‘Idk if they weren’t supposed to try and change the way they were created to be. Even if you’re left with so many more questions with faith and sexuality like me I believe being open to both questions and to faith is how we receive answers. God blesses those who ask. So let’s keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience. Thank you for listening.’
The crooner received an outpouring of support for his social media share, including from fellow American Idol star Jordin Sparks.
From back in the day: The crooner received an outpouring of support for his social media share, including from fellow American Idol star Jordin Sparks
In her comment, Sparks wrote, ‘I am so proud of you and proud to know you. You are so loved, David.’
And David Cook, the champion of the seventh season of American Idol upon which Archuleta came in second, wrote, ‘Love you man, and so proud of who you are.’
Other friends and celebrities were also quick to show support, including Leslie Jordan: ‘Proud of you sweet boy. You have an army of supporters. And now it’s time to live your best life.’
Other friends were also quick to show support, including Leslie Jordan: ‘Proud of you sweet boy. You have an army of supporters. And now it’s time to live your best life’; seen in 2019