The American Idol alum described his long journey to reconcile his faith and sexuality in an Instagram post
Welcome to LGBTQ+ Community – American Idol alum David Archuleta has come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
The singer posted an Instagram selfie sharing the news. In a two-part post acknowledging how his religious beliefs have informed his sexuality over the years.
“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,” he wrote.
Runner up on the seventh season of American Idol
Archuleta was the runner-up on the seventh season of American Idol, which David Cook won in 2008. (The season also featured the Irish goth icon Carly Smithson.) Since Idol, Archuleta has released eight albums and the bop “Crush.”
But he took a hiatus from music in 2011 to serve as a Mormon missionary. Archuleta’s faith remains a cornerstone of his identity. So much so that he’s asking for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to “listen” to people of faith wrestling with their sexualities. “I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other,” he says of Christianity and queer identity. “For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am.”
Archuleta went on to describe years spent trying to understand his queerness, saying he spent nearly two decades trying to change himself. “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,” he writes.
Noting that he’s saving himself for marriage, Archuleta outlined how he came to understand his identity today. In 2014, he said he came out as gay to his family but later realized he had “similar feelings” for both men and women. At one point, he considered identifying as bisexual but also asexual, which is little desire for sexual attraction. It’s worth noting one can have multiple identities and be both bisexual and asexual.
He’s ultimately settled on simply identifying as part of the LGBTQ community. “I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality,” he says.
Following his coming out, Archuleta received an outpouring of support in the comments of his post from fellow Idol alums, including David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Brooke White, as well as gay celebs Kevin McHale and Leslie Jordan.