David Archuleta: 5 Things About The ‘American Idol’ Alum That Came Out As LGBTQIA+

David Archuleta: 5 Things About The ‘American Idol’ Alum That Came Out As LGBTQIA+

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American Idol season seven runner up David Archuleta has opened up about his sexuality, and relationship with the Mormon faith.

David Archuleta, who was one of the most infamous American Idol runner-ups in the show’s history, has come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In an emotional Instagram post, the “Crush” singer opened up about his relationship with sexuality and faith, urging the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) to be more “understanding”. Here’s 5 more things to know about him.

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1. David opened up about his relationship with religion.

“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 captioned his June 12 Instagram snap. “I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality. I came out in 2014 as gay to my family. But then I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. Then I also have learned I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges.” Like many Christian denominations, the Mormon church has long stated that same-sex marriages were forbidden by God. “Even if you’re left with so many more questions with faith and sexuality like me I believe being open to both questions and to faith is how we receive answers,” he concluded. “God blesses those who ask. So let’s keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience.”

2. He competed on ‘American Idol’ in 2008.

The former reality star was the runner up on season seven of American Idol, losing out to David Cook. He was 16 at the time, and received his ticket to the Hollywood auditions after trying out in San Diego with a performance of John Mayer‘s “Waiting On The World To Change.”

3. David urged the LDS church to be more ‘understanding’.

David also wrote in his caption, “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. 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.”

“I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other. For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am…. You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”

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4. His hit song ‘Crush’ reached number two on the charts. 

Although David’s first songs to chart included some of his American Idol hits, his first track to make it big was “Crush”. The song, which dropped after his 2008 run on the reality show, peaked at number two on the Billboard charts.

5. David went on a mission trip.

David spent two years as a missionary in Chile. “When I went on my mission, it kind of gave me a step away from everything, and I was able to grow up a little bit, on my own, without everyone watching me,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune in 2017. “Maybe there are other people out there who are having a hard time finding their worth, feeling like they’re good enough, and I can tell them a little bit about my challenge with those insecurities, and finding a purpose in spirituality,” he added. “I dared to not be afraid to be a Mormon in the entertainment industry.”

Eminem – On Fire

[Intro]
You know, critics, man
Critics never got nothing nice to say, man
You know the one thing I notice about critics, man
Is critics never ask me how my day went
Well I’mma tell ’em

[Verse 1]
Yesterday my dog died
I hog tied a ho
Tied her in a bow
Said "Next time you blog, try to spit a flow"
You wanna criticize, dog? Try a little mo’
I’m so tired of this I could blow
Fire in the hole
I’m fired up
So fire up the lighter and the dro
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Flows tighter
Hot headed as Ghost Rider
Cold hearted as Spiderman throwing a spider in the snow
So you better get lower
Than Florida
Inside of a lowrider
With no tires, in a hole
Why am I like this? Why is winter cold
Why is it when I talk I’m so biased to the hoes
Listen dog
Christmas is off
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Those are your wounds, this is the salt
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The Wizard of Oz
Wrap a lizard in gauze
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And cut out your livers, gizzards, and balls
Throw you in the middle of the ocean
In a blizzard with Jaws
So sip piss like sizzurp through a straw
Then describe how it tasted like dessert to us all
Got the gall
To make Chris piss in his drawers
Tickle him, go to his grave
Skip him, and visit his dog

[Hook]
(You’re on fire)
Thats how you know you’re on a roll
Cause when you’re hot its like you’re burning up
Everyone else’s cold
(You’re on fire)
Man, I’m so fucking sick
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(You’re on fire)
You need to stop, drop, and roll
Cause when you say the shit to get
The whole Hip Hop shop to blow
(You’re on fire, you’re on fire)

[Verse 2]
I just put a bullshit hook
In between two long-ass verses
If you mistook this for a song, look
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Hogan and David Cook
That the crook just took over, so book
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I’m lightning in a skillet
You’re a fucking flash in the pan
I pop up, you bitches scatter like hot grease splashing a fan
Mr. Mathers is the man
Yeah, I’m pissed
But I would rather take this energy and stash it in a can
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This ain’t savage
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You want to get graphic
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I ain’t even talking to no one
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I just thought of another one that might go here
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Plus you got to rewrite those lines
That you said about Michael’s hair
(Woops)

[Hook]
(You’re on fire)
Thats how ya know you’re on a roll
Cause when you’re hot its like you’re burnin up
Everyone else’s cold
(You’re on fire)
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(You’re on fire)
Ya need to stop drop and roll
‘Cause when you say the shit to get
The whole hip hop shop to blow
You’re on fire
You’re on fire
You’re on fire