David Archuleta Tried Marrying Women 3 Times Before Coming Out

David Archuleta
Once again, former American Idol finalist David Archuleta has opened up to Good Morning America about his journey to accepting his sexuality as a former Mormon.
Archuleta first spoke about his sexuality on GMA after posting about it on his Instagram. At that time he was still a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Now, he says, that has changed.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Archuleta revealed how his relationship with church leaders in the LDS Church impacted his coming-out journey -- and where he now stands with the church.
"I took a step back," Archuleta said when asked if he was still a member of the LDS Church. "I had a crisis of faith this year, so I had to deconstruct everything."
The distance between Archuleta and the Church was cemented when he met with one of the LDS leaders named Apostles after coming out publicly.
"I think three times in that conversion he said, 'Well, maybe we just need to find you a good girl. Maybe you can find a good girl.' And I'm like, 'That's not the solution,'" revealed Archuleta.
"I said, 'Can you see why I think so much? Because I'm trying everything to find a way to still belong here because it meant so much to me," he continued.
Archuleta still defends most members of the church, saying it's the church structure, not the people, that had a problem with his coming out.
He also revealed that in addition to contemplating taking his own life, he has tried to convince himself to marry three different women over the years.
"You trying to decide which is worse? Is it worse for this feeling of wanting men to finally explode where I can't control it anymore and you look at it like Satan is trying to take over my soul? Or is it better for me to end my life and thus free myself from this temptation?” he said he was wondering.
"It got to the point where I realized, you know what, there's something about me that tells me there's value in still being alive, even if I was queer," he said. "And that was really hard for me to accept because my church wasn't exactly aggressive towards gay people, but it's a very passive-aggressive strict attitude that they have towards it."
While church leaders still want to meet with Archuleta, he says he has enough confidence to never again hide who he really is.
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