I’m sure most of you visiting here have watched David Archuleta’s 50+-minute Instagram video by now. But if you haven’t, I strongly encourage you to. [TRIGGER WARNING, however: It’s raw, it’s emotional, and he discusses suicidal ideation and trauma.]
He bares his soul as a way to work through some of the struggles he’s dealing with right now. I especially recommend watching it if you were raised in a faith tradition (like my own, for example, Roman Catholicism) that prohibits same-sex marriage and has a history of making people have to choose between their faith and their sexuality.
I also encourage you to read through the comments on the post. There are so many beautiful ones. Like this one:
“Go forth and dance”… I love that and hope David does just that.
David also shared this one in his stories:
And he responded to this beautiful open letter to him with this tweet:
As difficult as the video is to watch, the raw truth he shares is so important.
I know that each one of us wants nothing more than David to be happy, so it’s gut-wrenching to watch him struggle like this.
It’s also difficult not to feel anger and resentment at the forces that have caused him to literally hate himself FOR DECADES! 😥 How anyone could watch David pour his heart out like this and still oppose same-sex marriage is beyond me.
Like many of you, I sobbed through much of the video and hope and pray David is learning to love himself and find the peace and joy he so deserves.
I also hope he postpones his tour until he can give himself the care and healing he needs to restore his mental health and wellness. But if he does go ahead with it, hopefully he’ll feel the love from the crowds, reconnect with his sense of purpose and see, up close, the positive difference he’s making in the world.