The 30-year-old singer made the announcement in a lengthy Instagram post, admitting that he struggled with his sexuality on many fronts.
His statement comes during Pride Month, a period during which tribute is paid to the LGBTQIA+ community in memory of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Many other celebrities have also chosen this month to come out, including rapper Lil Nas X.
Why did the honey voiced crooner struggle with his sexuality? Read on below to find out.
Rise To Stardom
The sweet-faced singer has always been immersed in the entertainment world, with his mother working as a salsa singer and his father a jazz musician. He kicked off his reality competition career by winning the title Junior Vocal Champion on “Star Search” when he was just 12 years old.
Since then, David has shot to fame as the runner-up in the 2008 season of “American Idol,” releasing his debut album, Crush, shortly afterwards.
So, what did David Archuleta have to say about coming out? Keep scrolling to read his full announcement.
David, who came out to his family in 2014, said he was likely on “a spectrum of bisexual”, as he experienced some attraction to both genders. He also noted that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires and urges as most people”.
As a member of the Mormon faith, David acknowledged that while he “like(s) to keep to himself”, he found it important to share his struggles with other religious people.
What will coming out mean for David’s religious background? See what he has to say below.
Keeping The Faith
David makes it clear that he sees no reason a member of the LGBTQIA+ community cannot be religious. He has urged others to lend their support, stating:
“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.”
You can read his full announcement below:
What did fans and celebs have to say about David’s announcement? Keep scrolling to find out.
Fans and fellow celebs reacted with delight and support in the comments of David’s Instagram announcement.
“Glee” star Kevin McHale commented “proud of you” with heart emojis, while a fan said: “so important to us religious folks. thanks for sharing!”
So, with living his true self and a bright future ahead, what’s next for David?
His most recent studio album, “Therapy Sessions.” was released in May 2020, and it seems like there’s no stopping the Idol, with a children’s book, “My Little Prayer,” set for release later this year.
All the best to David, whose bravery and honesty has inspired us during Pride Month.