The 30-year-old singer was a season 7 finalist of American Idol and since then has released eight albums (including the timeless “Crush” bop). A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his music also appeared in the 2014 documentary Meet the Mormons, which was co-produced by the church.
“I don’t feel comfortable sharing it, but I felt I needed to raise more awareness among people in my same situation and let you know that you are not alone,” he wrote in the post. of Saturday. “You can be part of the LGBTQIA + community and still believe in God and his gospel plan. “
Archuleta said he first appeared in his family in 2014 as a gay man, but “then I had the same
feelings for both sexes, so maybe a spectrum of bisexuals. He added that he had also learned that he could identify as asexual.
He said he struggled with his religious beliefs and sexuality for many years and described the “grueling journey” he can take to reconcile the two.
“I don’t know what to think and I don’t have all the answers. I just invite you to consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA +, and those who are part of this community and are trying to find it.
balance with their faith which is also a big part of their identity as
myself, ”he wrote. “I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the struggle between being LGBTQIA + and a person of faith. “
“Even though you end up with so many other questions about faith and sexuality
like me, I believe that being open to both questions and faith is how we receive
answers. God blesses those who ask, ”he wrote. “So let’s keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience. “