Former “American Idol” participant David Archuleta publicly revealed that he was a member of the LGBTQ community a year ago. One day before his one-year coming out celebration on Saturday, June 11, Archuleta uploaded an Instagram post to commemorate the event. He wrote a detailed reflection on his life before coming out and the past year since disclosing his sexual orientation in the post’s description.
When asked why he chose to come out during Pride Month last year, the 31-year-old said that everything was flowing naturally for him as the events before his coming out days made him aware of who he really is and what he wanted with his life; he said it after ending his engagement with his ex-girlfriend. The singer said that he no longer wished to be hidden under the closet; it was very stressful for him. He further added that running away is usually not the best course of action.
He had at least four relationships. There has never been a wedding for David Archuleta. Relationships with Fernanda Andrade in 2008, Jackie Castro in 2008, Jordan Pruitt in 2009, and Hagood Coxe, whom he dated in 2009, have been reported for David Archuleta. The musician, who is now 31 years old, is speaking out about the struggle he had with his belief and his personal life to ultimately accept his sexual identity.
Who Is David Archuleta?
Pop singer David Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990. He won the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition when he was 10 years old, which led to numerous singing performances on television. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta won the Junior Vocal Championship on “Star Search 2″. He came in second place on American Idol’s seventh season in 2008.
The title song from David’s Debut album is called ”Crush”. It was released in August 2008. He rose to fame as the album, which was released three months later, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and has gone on to sell more than 900,000 copies worldwide and over 750,000 in the United States.
David Archuleta Talks About His Coming Out Struggles
While Archuleta is relieved to be out of the closet, he is still having trouble with the religious beliefs he was exposed to as a child and during his entire life.
“My previous goal was to literally expand God’s holiness, and the best way to do so was to wed a woman and have kids with her. For the first 30 years of my life, achieving that was crucial. I must now define my identity as a queer person. I’ve had three engagements. It felt dishonest, yet I bought three wedding bands for girls.” “The church could tell that I was lying to them. Since I’m being honest, what [the religion] taught me isn’t working out. I simply identify as queer. I’m still unsure about my precise spectrum position. I gravitate more toward men. I’ve been dating guys, only men.”
Archuleta, a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, was raised to oppose same-sex relationships. He acknowledged that, at first, he was reluctant to accept that he had a thing for guys. The American Idol contestant has disclosed that he struggled with repressed guilt regarding his sexuality, which led to the breakdown of three engagements, all of which were with women. No matter how hard he tried, he thought that it was not the best thing for him to marry a female, and he even said that his prior girlfriends would say that their relationships with him were challenging.
The singer stated that three women in his life, including his former fiancée, were close to becoming his wife, but that he always felt that something was missing and that he wasn’t being entirely honest with himself or the women. Before breaking off his engagement, Archuleta disclosed that one of his friends had told him about her marriage to a person who identified as LGBTQIA+, adding that he tried to hide his sexuality as well until he couldn’t anymore and his wife found out after 10 years of marriage.
Spectators Left David’s Show After He Opened Up About His Coming Out Story
The performer claimed that as he opened up about his coming-out story during a recent gig in Delta, a town southwest of Salt Lake City, scores of guests left the show. He shared a distressing email his boss had sent, saying that his final 15-minute address had destroyed the “wonderful experience” of the Christmas show, on Instagram and Facebook on Thursday.
As of 2022, Archuleta is not dating anyone. He said that he had now begun dating men. However, he would not say whether or not he was already taken.