American Idol star David Archuleta has come out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Former American Idol star, David Archuleta, has just revealed that he is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Mormon singer won the hearts of folk across the entirety of the United States of America before finishing as runner up on the global talent show.
He came runner up back in 2008, however Archuleta is still a household name across much of the world.
When his time on American Idol came to an end, Archuleta went onto release three studio albums before taking a break from the industry to become a missionary in Chile for two years.
Archuleta confirmed that he was a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in a lengthy Instagram post just hours ago.
In the post, he wrote:
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 🤣. Which people call asexual when they don't experience sexual urges. 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. 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...
"God blesses those who ask. So let's keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience. Thank you for listening. 🙏"
Congratulations on finally coming out David!