One of “American Idol’s” more memorable runner-ups, David Archuleta, revealed that he identifies as bisexual and asexual.

By Alex Noble

He is also encouraging people from religious backgrounds like his own to respect those that are wrestling with their own identities.

Archuleta, who placed second in behind David Cook in 2008, came out in an emotional Instagram post on Saturday.

The “Crush” singer also detailed his struggles to reconcile his sexual identity with his Mormon upbringing.

Archuleta went on to urge “more understanding” and compassion toward “those who are LGBTQIA+” and “trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself.”

Like many Christian denominations, the LDS Church has long held that homosexual activity and same-sex marriage are forbidden by God. The Church revised its stance on same-sex marriage in 2019, reversing a 2015 declaration that couples in legal same-sex unions would be considered “apostate.”

However, such a marriage is still considered “a serious transgression” and officially opposed by the LDS Church. The Church’s stance on LGTBQ equality has long been controversial even within its membership.

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