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David Archuleta feels 'so much relief' after coming out

David Archuleta discussed his coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community. File Photo by Roger Williams/UPI
David Archuleta discussed his coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community. File Photo by Roger Williams/UPI | License Photo

June 23 (UPI) -- David Archuleta says he feels "so much relief" after his coming out.

The 30-year-old singer discussed his coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community during Wednesday's episode of Good Morning America.

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Archuleta spoke to ABC News' Steve Osunsami, who asked Archuleta if he feels like a weight has been lifted from his shoulders since going public about his sexuality.

"Yeah. It's so much relief to not feel like you have to hide a part of yourself like a secret," Archuleta said.

Archuleta said he is still exploring his sexuality and isn't labelling himself for now.

"I'd say that I don't know. Some form of being bisexual, because I'm still -- I'm still attracted to both, whether I want to or not," he said.

Archuleta came out in an Instagram post last week. He said he came out as gay to his family seven years ago but now believes he may be bisexual.

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"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," Archuleta said.

"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," he added. "Which people call asexual when they don't experience sexual urges."



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Archuleta was raised in a religious Mormon family and said on GMA that accepting his sexuality has been a difficult journey.

"I was praying, like, 'God, you can can do all things' ... So I would say, 'Please take these feelings away from me because I don't want to,'" Archuleta recalled. "So that's been the process I've had to learn how to love myself, even when I don't understand why I'm the way I am but to learn that's how God created me."

"If other people choose to live differently than what you've been raised to believe is right, please have compassion because it's most likely been an exhausting journey for them to be okay with the feelings they have and never have been able to change," he added.

Archuleta came to fame as the runner-up in American Idol Season 7, which aired in 2008. He released his eighth studio album, Therapy Sessions, in May 2020.

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