David Archuleta is continuing to talk openly about his sexuality.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, the 30-year-old American Idol alum and former teen heartthrob spoke honestly about what life has been like since he publicly came out to the world via an emotional and heartfelt Instagram post earlier this month.
"There's so much relief to not feel like you have to hide a part of yourself, like a secret," Archuleta told GMA about the relief he feels now that he can live in his truth.
Though he still quite doesn't know exactly where he identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, he did describe himself to GMA as "some form of being bisexual because I'm still attracted to both, whether I want to or not," and still says that religion is a very big part of his life. (Archuleta is a Mormon missionary and a vocal member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)
"I still believe in saving myself for marriage," he said when asked if he has ever been with or dated another man yet.
"I've prayed. I was praying like, 'God, you can do all things.' I would say, 'Please take these feelings away from me because I don't want to feel things that I shouldn't and I don't want to feel things that would be wrong.' That's been the process. I've had to learn how to love myself even when I don't understand why I am the way I am, but to learn that that's how God has created me and I have to discover that."
The "Crush" singer first came out in a June 12 Instagram post to his 420,000+ followers where he revealed that he had previously come out as gay in private to his family years ago, but is still on a journey of self-discovery after finding himself attracted to multiple genders.
"I came out in 2014 as gay to my family," Archuleta wrote. "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," he continued. "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 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."