David Archuleta is coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
The 30-year-old singer-songwriter, known most for his 2008's track "Crush" and who first rose to prominence when he competed and placed second during the seventh season of reality singing competition American Idol, took to Instagram yesterday to share the news with fans in a heartfelt and emotional post.
"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," he began. "I've been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality."
He then opened up about how he has previously come out as gay in private to his family years ago, but is still trying to figure out exactly where on the LGBTQ+ spectrum he lands, and that it has been a journey of self-discovery that he is still continuing.
"I came out in 2014 as gay to my family," Archuleta said. "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."
A Mormon missionary and a vocal member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Archuleta also urged his fellow Christians to be more accepting of people of faith who are coming to terms with their sexualities and trying to balance that with their religion.
"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," he wrote. "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 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."