American Idol’s David Archuleta says he’s member of the LGBTQIA+ community

David Archuleta standing in front of FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season
David Archuleta attends FOX’s ‘American Idol’ Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Todd Williamson/Getty Images
  • David Archuleta said he is a member of the LQBTQIA+ community in a recent Instagram post.
  • Archuleta said that a balance of his sexuality and his faith make up his identity.
  • Archuleta was on “American Idol” in 2008 and finished in second place.
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David Archuleta, the former teen pop star who was on “American Idol,” “iCarly,” and “Hannah Montana,” came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in an Instagram post on June 12.

Archuleta posted a sunny selfie with a caption about balancing his sexuality with his faith and having compassion for others facing similar challenges.

A post shared by David Archuleta (@davidarchie)

Archuleta wrote that he is unsure about his sexuality, explaining that he came out as gay to his family in 2014 before feeling like he was a “spectrum of bisexual” and maybe asexual.

Along with being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Archuleta said his faith is an important part of his identity. He asks those reading “to consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+” and balancing that with their faith.

“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,” he wrote.

He adds that accepting that both his faith and his sexuality make him who he is has helped him find peace.

Archuleta concludes by saying you can be a part of both communities.

At the time of writing, the post had nearly 125,000 likes and 10,000 comments. He has more than 400,000 followers on Instagram.

Archuleta has released eight albums, as Insider reported in April. His last album, “Therapy Sessions,” came out in 2020. He finished second in “American Idol” back in 2008.