Singer-songwriter and previous “American Idol” contestant David Archuleta says he is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. However, he says that shouldn’t mean he can’t be an person of faith, as well.
In an extensive Instagram post Saturday, Archuleta said he came out as gay to his family in 2014, however then had similar feelings for both genders, suggesting “a spectrum of bisexual.” He added he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires and urges as most people,” noting “asexual” is a term referred to people who “don’t experience sexual urges.”
Archuleta, 30, said it’s uncomfortable for him to share this personal aspect of his life, yet he needed to get more awareness to people a similar situation.
He said people shouldn’t need to pick between being LGBTQIA+ and trusting in God.
“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,” he wrote. “For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am.”