David Archuleta. Image: Instagram
David Archuleta has responded to fans who walked out of his Christmas show after he opened up about his queer “journey” during his performance.
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The singer-songwriter, who finished second on the seventh season of American Idol, took to social media platforms to share an email that his manager had received where someone had complained of his 15-minute speech, stating that the concert was not the “setting for that [speech on Archuleta’s sexuality] to happen”.
“They got an incredible experience, but they did not pay for David to take 15 minutes and ruin that Christmas experience they just had… We have some very upset patrons that I will [be] dealing with today. I would hope in the remaining concerts, that would not be allowed and just allow them to have an awesome Christmas experience”, part of the email read.
Not Hiding Anymore
The A Little Too Not Over You singer expressed the significance of sharing something that he felt he had to “keep hidden nearly all my life”, and how he had grown from the unhealthy mindset of believing his existence was “unacceptable” to now choosing “not to hide” any part of him anymore.
“The person singing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show. I am learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same”, Archuleta said.
In his Instagram post, Archuleta shared a personal detail from two years ago where he was “thinking ending my life was better than admitting this openly”.
He stated that if people were offended by the news that he was gay, they should think about “why that makes you uncomfortable” and added that he wanted to continue to have uncomfortable conversations to “gain understanding” with others, and generally in the world.
Worth Losing A Few Dozen People
The Florida singer asserted that there was nothing “explicit or inappropriate” said during the performance and that it was “worth losing those few dozen people who walked out” if it meant that other people could hear his journey, especially those who are young and currently questioning their sexuality.
Archuleta grew up in a strict Mormon household and attended a Mormon church that condemned same-sex relationships. In June last year, he came out to the public after ending his relationship with his female fiancée.
During an interview with People Magazine, the singer spoke about three failed engagements with women and the journey of coming to terms with his queer identity.
“I was having anxiety attacks when I was around her (his ex-fiancée) because you’re trying to force intimacy with someone that you’re not able to experience. I didn’t want to accept that I was into guys”, he said.
‘Will Not Apologise’
In response to the people who left his Christmas show, Archuleta declared that he would “not apologise” for anything he said, “however imperfectly I express it.”
Archuleta explained that giving emotional speeches like these was “healing” and that it meant a lot to him to have people listen to him after a long journey where he was finally able to accept his queerness.
“I will never apologise for it again how I did for so many years before. And I hope you can unapologetically and lovingly be you too. Wherever you may be on your journey”, he said.
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