David Archuleta was on the road with his “The More The Merrier Christmas Tour” just over two weeks ago.
And while appearing humbled and grateful to fans attending the holiday broadcasts, the American Idol alum took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal that dozens of people walked out during a break from his concert in Delta, Los Angeles. Utah, after speaking out about her queer identity.
It appears the singer decided to share a lengthy message to his fans on social media after receiving an email after that particular show – apparently from an employee or venue manager – who praised the performance of ‘Archuleta before sharing his disappointment with his decision to come out about his sexuality on Organizing.
David Archuleta, 31, revealed that dozens of people left his Christmas show in Delta, Utah on November 29 after talking about his queer identity
That person behind the email began by calling the show “amazing” while crediting Archuleta for taking the “crowd on a magical Christmas journey.”
“They had an amazing experience, but they didn’t pay for David to take 15 minutes and ruin the Christmas experience they just had,” this person wrote of his decision to come forward about his sexuality . “I don’t believe the concert was a setting for that to happen.”
The venue employee went on to reveal how he wished the show would “end after O Holy Night and people would leave feeling like they just had a Christmas.”
In his Instagram post, Archuleta confessed that he could feel the tension in the room just before people started to get up and leave.
“The person singing those songs on stage was no different than the person at the end of the show,” he wrote to fans about his gig in Delta, Utah. “I’m learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same.”
Her truth: The American Idol alum shared a lengthy statement on Instagram after receiving an email – apparently from a site employee or manager – who praised Archuleta’s performance before sharing her disappointment with her decision to talk about her sexuality
Backlash: The apparent venue employee called Archuleta’s performance incredible, then slammed him for ‘talking about his journey to becoming Queer’.
Her Truth: “The person singing those songs on stage was no different than the person at the end of the show,” Archuleta wrote to fans about her gig in Delta, Utah. “I learn to love myself and I encourage others to do the same”
It was at this point in the statement that the Crush star revealed he was considering “ending my life” two years ago as an option rather than coming out publicly.
“If you’re more offended that I say I like guys than you are that someone felt it was best to end their life for that same reason, I want you to think about why. why it makes you uncomfortable. I want to have uncomfortable conversations. That’s how you gain understanding,” he added.
The Florida native, who grew up in Utah since he was six, said he didn’t say anything “explicit or inappropriate” during the show, and that “it’s worth the sorry to lose those few dozen people who have come out” in ordering others to hear his truth so that everyone can know they are not alone on this journey.
“I don’t think sharing my trip ruins the Christmas spirit unless you let your own misconceptions ruin it yourself. Thank you Delta,’ he concluded on the Instagram post.
Archuleta, who placed second to David Cook on season seven of American Idol in 2008, grew up in a strict Mormon household, where he felt he had to keep his sexuality a secret.
His way forward: The Florida native, who grew up in Utah since he was six, maintained he didn’t say anything ‘explicit or inappropriate’ during the show, and that “it’s worth losing those few dozen people who got out” for others to hear his truth so everyone can know “they are not alone on this journey”
He came out as gay to his family in 2014, but waited for an appearance on Good Morning America in June 2021 to publicly reveal he was part of the LGBTQIA+ community, describing himself as “some form of being bisexual”. .
Archuleta comes out in public, which was covered by Daily Mailended up giving him a feeling of “relief” because he no longer had to “hide” a part of himself.
Asked about his sexuality during the interview, he told Steve Osunsami that he was still looking into details and noted that he was open to relationships with both men and women.
“I would say that I don’t know, I guess, some form of being bisexual…I’m still attracted to both, whether I like it or not,” he said.
Archuleta also remarked that he struggled with his faith when coming to terms with his sexuality and that he first reached out to a higher power when he doubted himself.
TMZ reports that Archuleta has since taken a step back from his religion to determine what he wants spiritually, and continues to have fans and people from the LGBTQIA+ community urging him to share his story,
Open book: The singer came out as gay to his family in 2014, but waited for an appearance on Good Morning America in June 2021 to publicly reveal he is part of the LGBTQ+ community, describing himself as “a form of be bisexual”