• David Archuleta opened up about his sexuality in a lengthy post on Instagram
  • He shared he came out as gay to his family in 2014 but is still uncertain of exactly where he falls on the spectrum of sexuality
  • The "Crush" singer asked for "understanding and compassion" toward the LGBTQIA+ community

David Archuleta has come out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

On Saturday, the "Crush" singer, who was a finalist in Season 7 of "American Idol," shared in a lengthy note on Instagram his experience reconciling his Mormon faith with his sexuality.

"I like to keep to myself but also thought this was important to share because I know so many other people from religious upbringings feel the same way," Archuleta wrote. "I’ve been open to myself and my close family for some years now that I am not sure about my own sexuality."

The 30-year-old singer also revealed that though he previously came out as gay to his family, he still has questions about how he identifies.

"I came out in 2014 as gay to my family. But then I had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual. Then I also have learned I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage. Which people call asexual when they don’t experience sexual urges," he shared.

Archuleta explained that he decided to share his experiences because he believes there are people who can relate to him.

"There are people experiencing the same feelings of being LGBTQIA+, (i know that’s a lot of letters that a lot of people don’t understand, but there are a lot of unique experiences people feel and live that make them feel isolated and alone that are represented) who are wrestling to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just as I have," he continued.

The "A Little Too Not Over You" crooner insisted that he did not claim to have the answers but invited others to "consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are in LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith" like him.

Archuletta was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and wrote that members of his faith along with Christians in general could "do better" by listening to the LGBTQIA+ community. The singer said he believes that people shouldn't have to choose between being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and being a person of faith as for him, to find peace is to accept the reality that both are "real things."

Archuleta wrote he didn't feel "comfortable sharing" his experience but found it necessary.

"You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan," he wrote. "I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose."

"Instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created," he added.

In 2011, Archuleta decided to halt his career for a two-year Mormon mission, according to The Hollywood Reporter. At the time, he announced that he wanted to "serve a full-time mission," a decision he said he made for himself and was not influenced by any other person.

"It’s not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore," he said at the time.

"It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life," Archuleta continued. "It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life — the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life."

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David Archuleta, American Idol Season 7. Phil McCarten / Reuters