After receiving an email that appeared to be from a venue staffer, the American Idol runner-up, 31, posted a message to his followers on Instagram. The email claimed that some concertgoers were “upset” when he talked about his personal life near the end of the performance. In 2021, the singer acknowledged that he is a member of the LGBTQ+ group.
David wrote to fans about his concert, which he said took place in Delta, Utah: “The guy performing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show. “I’m getting better at loving myself, and I want to inspire others to do the same. Two years ago, I believed that terminating my life would be preferable to coming clean about this. I want you to consider why it makes you uncomfortable if you find it more offensive that I state I like boys than that someone felt it was preferable to take their life for the exact same reason. I want to engage in uncomfortable dialogue. That is how knowledge is attained.”
Although Archuleta withheld the sender’s identify, they said that by disclosing his identity, he had ruined fans’ “Christmas experience” and taken away from them a “Christmas miracle.”
They wrote, “I do not believe that was the setting for the concert.” “I will be dealing with a few really angry customers today. I would hope that at the remaining shows, those will be prohibited so they could just enjoy an amazing Christmas,”
After his journey of self-acceptance, David admitted that the tour hasn’t been the “easiest” for him, but there are those who stuck with him who he feels “need to know they’re not alone.”
“I hope you understand why I’m being upfront about it. It’s therapeutic “Added he. “And makes it easier for me to overcome my long-standing embarrassment about who I am. I believed I needed to change. And I was a failure if I didn’t change. I appreciate the hundreds of more people that stayed to listen last night. I am aware that it is not a topic that is typically discussed and that it would be upsetting to some. It meant the world to me that you were willing to listen, despite the fact that you might not fully get the path I’m on. No, sharing my experience doesn’t, in my opinion, diminish the spirit of the season—unless, of course, you let your own prejudices do so.”
After concluding his post, Archuleta gave his followers one last promise: “I won’t apologise for anything I say, no matter how poorly I say it. I am myself. And I won’t ever apologise for it again the way I did years ago “said he. “And I hope you can be who you are without apology and with love. Regardless of where you are in your path.”
Archuleta, whose most recent single “Faith in Me” was released this summer, spoke with PEOPLE earlier this year about overcoming a “faith crisis” and the toll that repressing his sexuality had on him. The singer was raised in Utah as a follower of the same-sex marriage-forbidden Mormon religion. Finally, Archuleta stated, “I’m discovering what it’s like to genuinely love myself.” “I feel free,” you say.
He acknowledged that he didn’t fully relate to the words of his popular song “Crush” until 2021, the year he had his first kiss with a man. This was some 15 years after the song’s release. It seemed simple, according to Archuleta. Now that I understand why everyone can relate to my song, I was like, “Oh, so this is what it feels like to like someone.”
The singer’s Christmas tour will end on December 23 in Chandler, Arizona after eight more dates.