Nearly two weeks after publicly disclosing his sexual orientation for the first time, David Archuleta
still feels "so much relief."
On June 12, the “American Idol
revealed on Instagram
that he came out as gay to his family
in 2014, but has since “had similar feelings for both genders.” Later in the post, he added that he doesn’t experience as many “sexual desires and urges as most people
,” and thus identified with some aspects of asexuality
Archuleta, 30, revealed in an emotional interview
with "Good Morning America" this week that he sees himself as "some form of bisexual," but has never been in a relationship with a man.
After stating that he intends to "save myself for marriage," the singer went on to say that he has shared his truth with church leaders and has not felt rejected thus far.
@GMA EXCLUSIVE: @DavidArchie opens up about his faith, sexuality, and coming out
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon
church, is opposed to same-sex marriage, and while leaders argue that same-sex attraction is not a sin, members are expected not to act on such feelings.
Archuleta, a Utah
native, rose to fame on “American Idol” in 2008, finishing second to Season 7 winner David Cook. Since then, he’s released eight studio albums, the most recent being 2020’s “Therapy Sessions.” This fall, he’ll launch his first book
, “My Little Prayer,” for children
Archuleta urged fans
in his initial Instagram post to “consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate” toward members of the LGBTQ
community who are also people of faith, a point he reiterated in his interview with “Good Morning America.”
“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 created me and I have to discover that,” he said, adding, “And there are so many millions of other people who have gone through the same thing as me, where they try to change who they are.”