Mar 21, 2024 - News

David Archuleta's "Hell Together" shares his family's post-Mormon journey

David Archuleta performs March 12 at The Queerties 2024  in Hollywood, Calif. Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

David Archuleta performs on March 12 at The Queerties 2024 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

David Archuleta's new single is a thank-you to his mom for supporting him when the pop star left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after coming out as gay.

The latest: Archuleta, a former American Idol contestant, released a preview on Wednesday of his pointed ballad, "Hell Together," which drops March 28.

Catch up quick: Archuleta's mother Lupe resigned from the church last year after deciding, "I did not teach my children their whole lives to serve and love a God who is not accepting of them," she wrote in an essay for Q Salt Lake.

What they're saying: "You said, 'If I have to live without you, I don't want to live forever in someone else's heaven. So let 'em close the gates,'" Archuleta sings in the video clip showing photos of him and his mother together.

  • "'If they don't like the way you're made, then they're not any better,'" the lyrics continue. "'If paradise is pressure, oh we'll go to hell together.'"
  • The stanza refers to Mormon teachings that families must remain in the faith to reunite in the afterlife.
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