Former American Idol Star David Archuleta Comes Out as LGBTQIA+ Member, Shares His Struggles

David Archuleta, one of the most popular American Idol contestants, has publicly come out as an LGBTQIA+ member, in his emotional two-decade struggle with his sexuality and faith, considering coming from a conservative family upbringing.

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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. 

– David Archuleta

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.

– David Archuleta

Although Archuleta was hesitant to put a label on his sexuality and stressed that he doesn’t “have all the answers,” the singer encouraged his followers, specifically religious ones, 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 the singer.

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The singer further added that he doesn’t feel comfortable sharing it, but felt the need to bring more awareness to people in the same situation and to let them know they’re not alone.

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Archuleta continued sharing his final thoughts, after maxing out Instagram’s character count, in his post’s comments section, writing, “For people who don’t really understand how feelings outside of just being heterosexual can be possible and OK, I just plead with you to be more understanding.”

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