The day David Archuleta broke the Internet….

… you know, when this happened:

I never thought I’d see the day that David would post a picture… with his hair wet.


I think I’m safe in saying none of us ever thought we’d see David post a picture of himself swimming… without a turtleneck on… I’ll just leave it there.

I love that he feels confident enough to “let it all hang out” (as it were 🙂 ) … if you’ve got it, flaunt it, I say.

And if it gets people outside your already-loyal fan circle curious enough to check out, oh I don’t know, YOUR INCREDIBLY AMAZING NEW SONG #PARALYZED THAT DROPS IN A WEEK ON AUG. 27TH … then, you go, David!

Other things I love about this:

That he also posts this pic that’s taken further away …

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Oh, David.

And the way he starts the caption, all about “being one with nature”… as if getting things — actually, everything — off his chest wouldn’t cause ripples throughout the fandom matching his midriff… He’s like, “oh, did I forget something? Oh, haha, my shirt! Silly me.”

Right. You knew the paroxysms of shock you’d send literally around the world, Sir. THAT’s the smile we see in the picture, am I right??

Sidenote: Love his meditation pose… I’m a TM (Transcendental Meditation)-er from way back, and although I do not sit quite like this (and definitely not in a raging waterfall), David’s expression brought me instant Zen… (yes, his expression, sheesh)… I highly recommend meditation, of any form, to de-stress, combat anxiety, the works. But I digress… back to the photos. 🙂

Can we talk about that back flip? Wowza! We were all uber-impressed when David pulled off a handstand, but this is next level! I can barely dive in front-ways, never mind a backflip.

David is in it to WIN it, you guys, in every way, and is diving in with both feet to the bright, bright future he so deserves. (See what I did there? 😉 )

I feel beyond blessed to be on on this ride with you all, so proud of the individual David’s blossomed into, and soooooo excited for what’s to come.


[oh and the lovely and amazing Abrra sent me this sandal close-up (taken by djafan) because she knows me shoe well, um, too well. :)]
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A reminder to put this in your calendars: #Paralyzed viewing party on David’s official YouTube channel Tuesday, August 27th at 10AM ET/7AM PT:


Woohoooo! Check out the 1.30 clip on iTunes, sooooooooooooooo good!!!! Preorder #Paralyzed on the OS HERE.

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Or go preorder & hear the snippet HERE!!!

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I am LIVING for the replies on David’s post rn! Some of my faves so far:

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48 Responses to The day David Archuleta broke the Internet….

  1. GrammyJ says:

    I never thought I’d see the day that David would post a shirtless picture of himself, and the back flip was awesome! He is brave. Love it!

  2. Pepper says:

    Ha, love this. He never ceases to surprise me! Yes, good for David. Awesome pics and no wonder he has been working out so vigorously…..preparing for this! Kidding, he certainly has nothing to worry about. He looks great, always has. I truly admire David’s persistence to overcome fears, build confidence and ‘share’ so many aspects of himself. His adventuresome and courageous spirit are to be admired, for sure. He is much further ahead than I was at his age! That back flip was great!
    Kudos to David and looks like he’s having a great time. Love the meditation pose too. I recommend a meditation practice as well. I meditate daily and it can make such a difference on many levels.
    Just listened to the ‘Paralyzed’ snippet on Amazon, wowsers….sounds terrific!
    Great post TOfan….how could you not post on this 🙂

    • TOfan says:

      Janey & JR4DA challenged me, so blame them, hahaha.

      • jackryan4da says:

        Who else can we rely on to express – so elegantly – the stirrings of any Archie’s heart while making us LOL? Only you TOFan my sweet friend. Only you! Muchas gracias!

        My fave –
        “That he also posts this pic that’s taken further away … IN CASE ANYONE WAS, IDK, DISTRACTED? AND DID NOT NOTICE THERE WERE WATERFALLS IN THE FIRST PIC! 🙂

        Oh, David.”

        I was thinking the same thing – ahahahahahahaha

  3. Pepper says:

    LOLing at some of the replies on David’s post!

  4. Janel Woodbury says:

    This is awesome!! The back flip was amazing!
    The genealogist in me is jealous of David. I have a lot of ancestors from there. Cummins Waterfall is located in Cookeville, TN in Putnam County. I have some friends who live there too. I’ve never been there.

  5. Loving David’s journey as a musician and as a human being. This surprise (public display of wet hair, er not hehe) reminded me of when the Up All Night music video came out in which, to my huge surprise (I’m sure everyone else’s too), he actually danced! I said to hubs “you’d never guess what he did in the video!!” His (genuine) reply: “He took his shirt off!!” The day has come. 😂

    Thanks for including some of the comments Deb!! So hilarious!!

    • TOfan says:

      “The day has come” lolol… he sure does like to surprise us, definitely did with the dance moves!

      Makes me wonder what’s next? 😎

      • penciltopaper says:

        It’s really wonderful to watch him grow and evolve, isn’t it? The confidence, the comfort, the courage to just be himself. He is an inspiration. What’s next? Hm should we be scared?? 😅 PS Can’t wait to tell hubs about today’s events when he gets home from a baseball game tonight haha!!

  6. barbs says:

    I think we’ve found the next singing Spider-man!

    • TOfan says:

      👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 I saw David liked your comment on “the” post! So glad he saw it because I thought it was awesome!

  7. refnaf says:

    Well done David! That back flip is no joke… and the wet hair looks good on him…
    I’m so excited for #paralyzed, I think I sound like a broken record! I’m telling you I will prob play it for 24 hrs straight when it does come out! 💯
    Excellent post TOfan…. well done as well!!!

  8. emmegirl14 says:

    “swimming without a turtleneck on”, LOL!!

    Love the freedom , the confidence, the growth. Bravo David, so excited and happy you are now ready to go for the brass ring!

  9. emmegirl14 says:

    No pun intended in my last comment😁

  10. MissB says:

    skdfjslfkjajsfasio ewielkjd lkjfeoivhghalls *thud*

  11. janey79 says:

    i gotta wonder if this was the best timed PR move David has ever come up with (and the first as I recall!) or just a serendipitous moment on the socials? y’all tell me.

  12. amb4da says:

    Everything y’all said already! The IG comments…6th one made me lol. ha!!
    So yea, he continues to be full of surprises. The confidence, growth, comfort in his own *cough*…… glowing. That’s awesome. And only bodes better and better for the music that will come with it, I’d think, eh? 😉
    All that said…I’ve ALWAYS been amazed and a bit bewildered by back flips (never happenin’ in my lifetime for me, pretty dang sure)….I just can’t even figure how one lifts oneself into the air and flips over 360 degrees. Kudos to him. 2nd….I want to visit this waterfall now…looks like a great place! I’ve been to Nashville in summer, when it’s 100 degrees still at 11pm…THIS is probably a popular antidote to those that live there.
    Anyhoo….I digress. Back to the point: #Wowza #Whoknew #Paralyzed #TheEnd
    ps. TOfan…cracked me up as usual…”swimming without a turtleneck.”

  13. TOfan says:

    I’m all for building anticipation but COME ON throw us more than a crumb! lol

  14. I love waterfalls AND fantastic sandals! The best man sandals yet of course!

    I was awakened far too early this morning and leave it to my far away friend to astound me when I checked my email!! Now how would anyone get back to sleep? She is always ahead of me!! Thank goodness! Yes, thank you SF!

    I am still baffled by him and may always be that way! 3 more days!


  15. Thank you TOfan for the pictures and latest News! Time for snippets!

  16. TOfan says:

    First the “waterfall” pic and now this cuteness overload… he is seriously trying to keeeeel is! lol (plus, does anyone else now have “Forever Young” stuck in their head? 🤣)

    • janey79 says:

      of all the David goodness we’ve been treated to this week, this is my fave. BEYOND PRECIOUS.

  17. emmegirl14 says:

    Is there an emoji for a melting heart ..

    (love the tie)

  18. TOfan says:

    Guys, I need to share something with you.

    I keep going back and looking at his picture in the water, not because I’m creepy I SWEAR THAT I AM NOT!!! But because he looks perfect. And my mind can’t 100% compute perfect. Like I stand and stare at the Mona Lisa or the Grand Canyon or my favourite tree… because each one is perfect in its own way. And sitting in those waterfalls looking serene and all, he just looks perfect. That’s it. Just had to get that off my… omg… chest, yes, my chest.

    • janey79 says:

      perhaps what’s perfect about the photo is that we have a sense of what’s taken place to get him there. of course we don’t have the details but he has shared so much and we’ve seen a lot with our own eyes the last 11 years. so yes, perfection personified, in more ways than one. TOfan, funny that you brought this up as i was thinking this evening after work on my way to the parking lot that the baby vid is perfect in my eyes as that it shows David with sweaty matted down hair and singing and swaying with a baby – how many young men do that? so in my eyes David was imperfectly perfect.

      • janey79 says:

        on second thought, that should be David was perfectly imperfect in the baby video, after all it’s almost 2am here. maybe i should give myself a commenting curfew, lol.

    • emmegirl14 says:

      And he looks perfectly at peace. Look at that face, not a hint of anxiety, doubt. Just peace, and joy! A perfect example of what Paralyzed is about.

  19. TOfan says:

    Has anyone listened to the subscriber preview yet?????


    Sooooooooooooo goooooood!!!!!

  20. none says:

    Well OK then….taking a breath. His meditation picture? I always knew it was just a matter of time. Just kidding! I was as flabbergasted as everyone else and didn’t believe it. He looks so serene and so like a new, comfortable & no longer “Paralyzed” David. As for his new single, I listened to “Paralyzed” as soon as I got the password this morning and couldn’t get it out of my head all day. It’s so, so good! Can’t wait to see the music video as well.
    I’m so happy for David. So happy he has been in a sense, reinventing himself. It’s not an unheard of concept for artists to do so when they feel a need to jumpstart their career in a new or different direction. I think David is doing that. David wants more. Nothing wrong with that. We’ve all wanted more for him. We’ve all felt he deserved more. More recognition as phenomenal artist he is. I’m glad he recognizes the need to make some changes in his persona, his appearance to appeal to a wider range of people and at the same time not compromising who he is and his beliefs. I think perhaps therapy helped him understand that in order to grow as an artist, an entertainer, or as a
    man, he needed to just let go and just be! The photo of him at the waterfall was in a sense letting us know he’s broken free of the anchors that were holding him down. What’s next? Who knows. David has never been predictable. One thing I am sure of. His move to the Nashville area was the best thing he ever did for himself & his career. Otherwise, we may have never seen him meditating under a waterfall and how very sad would that be? 😉

  21. dee aka silverfox says:

    none is me.

  22. emmegirl14 says:

    Whoa whoa! Love the video, the song sounds amaaaazing!
    He looks so mature, quite manly I say. (That was with a British accent😝)
    My favorite part is the last 70 seconds, David movin, groovin’ 😁❤️❤️❤️

  23. Dee says:

    Watched David’s new music video on various screens like my phone, laptop, bedroom 32 inch TV screen, big family room 60 inch screen trying to get a better look at David. He didn’t disappoint when at the end HE showed the angst and frustration he said the song is about with the explosion of his dancing & vocalization. WOW!
    I wonder whose idea it was to use ballerinas to express fear, anger, frustration, chains & chaos? They were good but not what I would have chosen to express those emotions as I’ve always thought of ballerina dances as calming, beautiful & serene. But then, what do I know?
    I’m hoping this is a start of the new direction David is hoping & aiming for. It’s looking good so far!
    On another note, I have been going back to his early songs and wouldn’t be disappointed if he were to release or re-release some of the songs that never made his albums because he thought the message in the lyrics were “too mature” or “not him” at the time. Some of those songs were really good & he’s a grown man now who has shown us more of him than we ever thought we would see. But again, what do I know? Just my opinion. 😉

  24. Archuleta signs autographs while serving as Grand Marshal at the Krewe of Caesar Mardi Gras parade in Metairie, Louisiana, on Valentine’s Day, 2009.

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