David Archuleta says fans WALKED OUT on Christmas concert after he spoke about his sexuality

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta says dozens of fans WALKED OUT on his Christmas concert after talking about being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community

David Archuleta has been out on the road with his ‘The More The Merrier Christmas Tour’ just over two weeks ago.

And while sounding humbled and grateful for the fans attending the holiday shows, the American Idol alum took to Instagram Wednesday to reveal that dozens of people walked out during a break in his concert in Delta, Utah after he spoke about his 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 — seemingly from a venue employee or manager — who praised Archuleta’s performance before sharing their disappointment in his decision to talk about his sexuality on stage.

David Archuleta, 31, revealed dozens of people left his Christmas show in Delta, Utah on November 29 after he talked about his queer identity

David Archuleta, 31, revealed dozens of people left his Christmas show in Delta, Utah on November 29 after he talked about his queer identity

That person behind the email began by calling the show ‘incredible’ while crediting Archuleta for taking the ‘crowd on a magical Christmas journey.’

‘They got an incredible experience but they did not pay for David to take 15 minutes and ruin that Christmas experience they just had,’ that person wrote of his decision  to talk about his sexuality. ‘I do not believe that concert was a setting for that to happen.’

The venue employee went on to reveal how they wished the show would have ‘ended after O Holy Night and people would have left feeling like they had just experienced a Christmas.’

In his Instagram post, Archuleta confessed that he could feel the tension in the venue just before people started to get up and leave.

‘The person singing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show,’ he wrote to fans about his concert in Delta, Utah. ‘I am learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same.’ 

His truth: The American Idol alum shared a lengthy statement on Instagram after getting an email — seemingly from a venue employee or manager — who praised Archuleta's performance before sharing their disappointment in his decision to talk about his sexuality

His truth: The American Idol alum shared a lengthy statement on Instagram after getting an email — seemingly from a venue employee or manager — who praised Archuleta’s performance before sharing their disappointment in his decision to talk about his sexuality

Backlash: The person behind the email claimed Archuleta spend 15 minutes talking about his sexuality

Backlash: The apparent venue employee urged the singer to  stop talking about his Queer journey so patrons can have  'an awesome Christmas experience'

Backlash: The apparent venue employee called Archuleta’s performance incredible, and then proceeded to criticized him for ‘talking about his journey to being Queer’

His truth: 'The person singing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show,' Archuleta wrote to fans about his concert in Delta, Utah. 'I am learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same'

His truth: ‘The person singing those songs on stage was no different from the person at the end of the show,’ Archuleta wrote to fans about his concert in Delta, Utah. ‘I am learning to love myself and encourage others to do the same’

It’s at this point in the statement that the Crush star revealed he contemplated ‘ending my life’ two years ago as an option over coming out publicly.

‘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,’ he added.

The Florida native, who grew up in Utah since he was six-years-old, maintained that he didn’t say ‘anything explicit or inappropriate’ during the show, and that ‘it’s worth losing those few dozen people who walked out’ in order for others to hear his truth so that everyone can know ‘they’re not alone in this journey.’

‘I don’t think sharing my journey ruins any Christmas spirit unless you allow your own misconceptions to ruin it yourself. Thank you Delta,’ he concluded the Instagram post.

Archuleta, who placed second behind David Cook in 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 his was six-years-old, maintained that he didn't say 'anything explicit or inappropriate' during the show, and that 'it's worth losing those few dozen people who walked out' in order for others to hear his truth so that everyone can know 'they’re not alone in this journey'

His way forward: The Florida native, who grew up in Utah since his was six-years-old, maintained that he didn’t say ‘anything explicit or inappropriate’ during the show, and that ‘it’s worth losing those few dozen people who walked out’ in order for others to hear his truth so that everyone can know ‘they’re not alone in this journey’

He came out as gay to his family in 2014, but waited until an appearance on Good Morning America in June 2021 to reveal publicly that he’s part of the LGBTQIA+ community, describing himself as ‘some form of being bisexual.’

Archuleta’s coming out in public, which was covered by Daily Mail, ended up giving him a sense of ‘relief’ because he no longer had to ‘hide’ a part of himself. 

When asked about his sexuality during the interview, he told Steve Osunsami that he was still figuring specifics out and noted that he was open to being in relationships with both men and women.

‘I’d 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 initially reached out to a higher power when doubting himself.  

TMZ is reporting Archuleta has since taken a step back from his religion to determine what he wants spiritually, and that he continues to have fans and people from the LGBTQIA+ community urge him to share his story,

Open book: The singer came out as gay to his family in 2014, but waited until an appearance on Good Morning America in June 2021 to reveal publicly that he's part of the LGBTQ+ community, describing himself as 'some form of being bisexual'

Open book: The singer came out as gay to his family in 2014, but waited until an appearance on Good Morning America in June 2021 to reveal publicly that he’s part of the LGBTQ+ community, describing himself as ‘some form of being bisexual’

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