He also admitted that he was “scared” before coming out.

“Because I always felt that I had to keep something to myself,” he said. “It’s a great relief not to feel like you have to hide a part of yourself like a secret.”

Archuleta, who said he struggled early on to balance his feelings for men and women, offered the advice in his coming-out post on Instagram on June 12 that may not understand or accept him.

The Crush singer wrote in his caption: “For people who don’t really understand how feelings outside of being heterosexual can be possible, and okay, I’m just asking you to be more understanding of people who are experiencing and experiencing things struggle with that you may not have experienced or understood yourself.

The American Idol star continued, “I just invite you to consider creating space to gain understanding and compassion for those who are LGBTQIA + and those who are part of this community to find that balance with their beliefs, which is also very important part of their identity as me. “

He also noted that he shouldn’t challenge any part of his identity – as a member of the LGBTQIA + community – to make room for his beliefs, concluding, “To find peace, it was reality to accept that both are real Are things that I experience and do [me] Who am I.”