When David Archuleta Addressed Gay Journey, Some in Audience Walked Out

Sunday December 4, 2022

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David Archuleta  (Source:David Archuleta.com)

Out singer David Archuleta addressed audience members who walked out of his show as he gave an emotional speech about his coming out. At a performance this week in Delta, Utah (located southwest of Salt Lake City), a dozen or so fans vacated the theater while the 31-year-old “American Idol” runner-up was speaking. One complained to management, claiming it ruined the “incredible experience” of the Christmas show.

“I do not believe that, that concert was a setting for that to happen,” the email read. “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.”

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People Magazine writes that upon seeing the message, Archuleta responded on social media. “The person singing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show," David posted in a Dec. 1 Instagram message. "I am learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same. 2 years ago I was thinking ending my life was better than admitting this openly. If you are more offended that I say I like guys than you are that someone has felt it was better to end their life for that very same reason, I want you to think about why that makes you uncomfortable. I want to have uncomfortable conversations. That's how you gain understanding."

As David explained, the tour hasn't been the "easiest" for him after his journey of self-acceptance, but there are fans who stayed in the audience with him who he feels "need to know they're not alone."

"I hope you can see why I open up about it. It's healing," Archuleta added. "And helps me not be ashamed of who I am like I was for many years. Thinking I needed to change me. And if I didn't change me I was a failure. thank you to the other hundreds who stayed last night to listen. I know it's not a topic usually talked about and it may be uncomfortable for some. Even if it's a journey that you may not fully understand, It means the world to me that you still were willing to listen. no, I don't think sharing my journey ruins any Christmas spirit unless you allow your own misconceptions to ruin it yourself.”

At the end of his post, Archuleta left fans with a final promise: "I will not apologize for anything I say however imperfectly I express it. I am me. And I will never apologize for it again how I did for so many years before," he said. "And I hope you can unapologetically and lovingly be you too. Wherever you may be on your journey."

Archuleta, who released his latest single "Faith in Me" this summer,  spoke with People about dealing with a "faith crisis" and the toll that suppressing his sexuality took on him. The singer grew up in Utah as a member of the Mormon church, which condemns same-sex relationships. "I'm finally learning what it's like to actually love myself," Archuleta said. "I feel liberated."

He has eight more dates left on his Christmas tour and closes off the run on Dec. 23 in Chandler, Arizona.