David Archuleta tells ‘Nightline’ he tried to pray the gay away

David Archuleta performs at the inauguration of Gov. Spencer Cox, at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune

June 27, 2021

— Singer David Archuleta said his feelings for other men left him feeling guilt and shame, and made him question both his faith and his desire to keep on living — but that he’s in therapy and learning to be “proud of being who you are.”

The Utah native, “American Idol” runner-up and devout Latter-day Saint appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” on Wednesday, and told reporter Steve Osunsami, “When I started feeling numb and empty, I was questioning everything. I was questioning my faith. I was questioning if God was real because I couldn’t feel anything. And here I’d done everything I can to try and be close to him.”

Archuleta recently posted online that he’s a member of the LGBTQ community, and that he’s still questioning his own sexuality. He said on “Nightline” that he’s “some form of being bisexual because … I’m still attracted to both. Whether I want to or not.” And, he added, “I’m starting to just accept and say — that’s just how it is.”

But it hasn’t been easy. According to Osunsami, Archuleta said “he had a difficult breakup with a girlfriend recently and realized that he may have been running away from his attraction to his same sex his whole life.”