David Archuleta, the season seven runner-up of American Idol, opened up about his sexuality and religion in an interview on Good Morning America on Wednesday. After doing so, the singer says he feels “so much relief” to have finally came out and embraced his identity.
The 30-year-old initially came out as gay to family and friends in 2014 but has since come to realize that his sexuality more closely fits under the labels of bisexual and/or asexual. In a post on Instagram in honor of pride month, Archuletta spoke candidly about how he struggled for years to reconcile his religious beliefs with his sexual identity.
“I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. [sic] Then I also have learned I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people,” said Archuletta.
The singer went on.
“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. […} For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am.”
In his GMA interview, Archuletta said that despite years of praying in hopes of changing his sexuality, he has now grown to accept himself.
“There’s so much relief to not feel like you have to hide a part of yourself, like a secret,” he said.
“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.”
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