Rumors of American Idol romances have plagued everyone from Casey Abrams to Phillip Phillips, but Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta has only had one alleged girlfriend...and she’s now come out as gay.
Three years ago, at the height of his post-American Idol music career, the online world was abuzz with rumors that David was dating Charice Pempengco, who only goes by “Charice” on a professional level. The tiny Filipina pop singer played Sunshine Corazon in a recurring role on FOX’s Glee.
The pair hung out a lot in 2010, and even performed a duet of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on David’s album, Christmas From the Heart.
As an article on the Salt Lake Tribune points out, there was also a time when David went to see Charice perform at a dance club in New York, and “had a small freak-out on Twitter” once he realized it was a gay club. The horror! Of course, as the Trib points out, he did his PR recovery with a “I have friends who are gay” line.
At the time, Charice denied the rumors that she and David were dating, and now we know it truly was a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, it was sort of him.
Charice took to a Filipino TV show this week to discuss coming out in a tearful interview, saying, "I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light — that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything.” She went on to add, “I love myself, that’s why I’m able to do this."
That is sweet! There has been no comment yet from David, who is still reportedly on his mission for the Church of Latter-day Saints in Chile.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune