We love you, David

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.

{{{{{group hug}}}}}

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23 Responses to We love you, David

  1. Janey H. says:

    Deb, as you’ve reminded me many times we are watching David’s journey in real time and as one interviewer pointed out that’s unusual. Most people come out after they’re secure in their new lives. The process is generally kept from the public and kept from people who could benefit in knowing they are not alone. There is real work being done here and lives being saved. I love the line in one tweet “I hope that he can find he’s the hero in his own journey, and we wish him well!”

    I have every hope that he’ll find his way and in the near future come away with all the happiness he so richly deserves and the family he yearns for.

    • amb4da says:

      Well said Janey. Especially your last line. And you too Deb in your post.

      He is LOVED. And supported. And prayed for. I do hope he finds the right professional, the counsel he seemed to allude to be in search of, to help him figure it all out. He’s got a lot to unravel, having had a certain life and belief system ingrained for so long. One thing I might add I’ve been thinking too…I think many others who might still hold those religious beliefs, don’t mean to be cruel either…it’s just the doctrine & religious beliefs they’ve been taught for so long.
      But when I see this play out for real, with this one guy who is so clearly worthy of being loved by God, representing many who feel the same…I have to believe, God, the real guy in charge…has to have this figured out more lovingly than man has strived to. Anyhoo…too complex to discuss, ANYwhere let alone a DA blog, and I’m not meaning to open any can of worms…It’s just, I, like many, were deeply moved by his post. In a way I was concerned it had aspects of a cry for help. I’m 100% for David truly accepting himself as he is and being able to live the life, as you say, Janey…he obviously so yearns for and deserves. And I think he was hedging, hinting, mentioning about tour, perhaps just in case he has to do anything else, or almost for understanding…which I sure hope he knows he HAS 100%. I’m sure it’s complicated beyond his feeling about possibly disappointing fans, but also financially, as an employer, rearranging with the venues….all that said….if need be, I hope he puts himself first…the rest will come later. Besides…not even totally safe yet either. Anyhoo…I’ll stop now. 🙏 ❤️

  2. refnaf says:

    Oh gosh… huge ((((((hug))))s all around.
    This is sooo true for me… “How anyone could watch David pour his heart out like this and still oppose same-sex marriage is beyond me”
    He deserves to be himself! I can’t help but be angry at religion for doing this to people…. My upbringing was also against gay marriage, on e of the reasons I keep my spiritual life out of the church 😂
    I thought his point about just wanting relationship and it not being all about the physical aspects is important – as a young person I was told that gay =promiscuity! So wrong!!!!
    I was overjoyed that the open letter found its way to him…. So important for him to hear right now, and so many beautiful comments on his post!
    I too would be supportive of another tour postponement…. Also praying he finds a therapist that can help him ASAP!
    Love him and all you guys so much (((((((((hug))))))))

  3. missbianca says:

    {{{{{{{{{((((((Group Hug!))))))}}}}}} In that video David explained what he is thinking, going through so well that even I understood it. It left me feeling completely drained; I was like a zombie the rest of the day, listening in my head to his message of the pain no one ever wanted him to feel. I teared up reading your post and the open letter. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch David’s vlog again.

    I would do anything in my power to help, even though I feel helpless. David deserves to have the relationship he described so well.

  4. emmegirl14 says:

    I’ve got to get in on this group (((hug)))!

    Bless you TOfan for a beautiful post. After watching David and the anguish he is going through I have so many emotions I can’t even begin to articulate. I only know my heart aches for him and others going experiencing the same turmoil.

    I share the same sentiments in everyone’s comments and just want him to eventually be able to find peace and happiness and fulfillment.

    And Gramma from Washington …. a wise and beautiful soul.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Such an outpouring of love on so many sites for David. I hope he reads them all (which will probably take some time, with over 6,000 remarks on his instagram).

    Can you imagine a loving God punishing David, of all people?
    If that’s the case, I think all of us are in big trouble.
    I know I am.

    But of course, that’s not the case. I hope 2022 is the year that he is finally able to see things more clearly, and be open to a relationship that is based on emotional honesty and guilt free.

  6. Janey H. says:

    Back in June 2021 David said he wanted folks to have conversations about religion and the LGBTQA+ community. By all accounts (Twitter, comments on his IG) he seems to have accomplished that. Well done, David.

  7. TOfan says:

    Janey, so true… I really hope he’s opening a lot of hearts and minds, while finding peace and self-acceptance. 💜

    A follow up to the open letter… def. worth reading.


  8. Pepper says:

    Thank you for this Deb, a beautiful post, expressed so well. Yes, David is much loved and supported. His own heartfelt vlog, raw with emotion was very brave and incredibly moving. Who couldn’t shed some tears along with him? I wish him the very best and hope and pray too that he will find peace and acceptance of himself, along his journey to his own personal happiness. it’s a struggle for so many, largely due to indoctrination and others’ judgments, fears and superstitions. That open letter was wonderfully written, along with so many great comments. May they help David and be a soothing balm of comfort and support for him. ❤️
    As for tour, as of now it looks like it will go ahead. I also hope he will feel the love and support from the audiences. If it still goes ahead, I will be there. ❤️🎵

  9. Pepper says:

    Just checked and I see they have removed Vancouver from the tour stops. 😟 Maybe one day.

    • I must remain Anonymous says:

      It could be because of COVID restrictions, but that changes from day to day. Keep your fingers crossed.

    • TOfan says:

      I am so sorry about that, Pepp. 😢 Saw that Adele had to cancel her tour because of Covid… just when we need music most to get us through these tough times, live music is just out of reach for so many. And indie artists like David are especially suffering. 😢💔

  10. Pepper says:

    Yes, it has to be so difficult for many artists..not just the fans. I feel for them. 😟 So many restrictions out there these days. I do hope David can enjoy the tour (if all goes ahead) and feel the love. ❤️🙏🏻

  11. TOfan says:

    David making me 😭😭😭😭😭 again… praying so hard for him… really really really hope he postpones tour until he can get the help he needs. 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

    • missbianca says:

      My heart stopped while reading that, I swear. Please, please, please do everything to get help, David. Now pardon me, I need to go hide under my pillow.

  12. Janey H. says:

    Because it needs to be said again, We love you, David. ♥♥♥

    • missbianca says:

      I wish I could choose to let TeamArchie keep the $$ from my tickets. I think this is just me wishing that my anxiety would be somehow useful. She who worries … worries.

      • TOfan says:

        Was thinking the same thing Ms. B. 😢🥰🙏🏼

        • Janey H. says:

          Same, same. I still feel regretful that I chose incorrectly when I had to cancel my Tuachan tickets in Dec 2020 or was it Nov.? In any case, they were great seats so my guess is the seats were resold. Tuachan ended up getting a nice lil donation from me 😦 Folks are hoping to buy the t-shirt with the fringe jacket logo on the OS. It’s kinda of an OG “must have” don’t you think?

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