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David Archuleta Gets Candid About PTSD After 'American Idol'

David Archuleta Gets Candid About PTSD After 'American Idol'

David Archuleta is one of the best known American Idol alums, and in a new interview, is opening up about his struggles after appearing on the program.

The now 27-year-old singer, with a brand new Christmas album out, revealed to Yahoo that after his run in season seven, he suffered from PTSD.

“You’re basically a character on a TV show, and parts of it are worked so that it fits the TV show — but they’re using your personal life,” David explains about what he meant by using the term of PTSD. “So you become this character, but it’s with your own name, parts of who you actually are, but other parts that are portrayed in a way that you’re not actually.”

He adds, “Then everyone feels like they know you, and they know what you are, and they know how to treat you, and have certain expectations…This was years ago, right? But there’s still certain things about us that we still had certain little tics that we’re paranoid about certain things. …Eight, nine, 10, 11 years later, we’re still kind of stuck in some of those patterns of thinking.”

David continued about how it was another former contestant who turned him onto therapy.

“I realized maybe I can let people into my life. Maybe I can be more trusting. Because maybe there was a certain time in my life where I did have to be a lot more cautious, and I had to be careful with who was around me,” David says. “But I’ve been able to grow from that, and it’s like, ‘Well, I want to have friends, or be in a relationship with someone.’”

“You have to learn to open up, and something I’ve had a really hard time with is trusting people. I’m always like, ‘No, people can’t know where I live. Even my own relatives can’t have my own number’ — because I’m so afraid of someone getting into my personal space, my life.”

Most recently, David appeared in the Hollywood Christmas Parade with more Idol alums.

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David Archuleta Drops New 4-Song EP 'Leo' - Listen & Download Here!

David Archuleta Drops New 4-Song EP 'Leo' - Listen & Download Here!

David Archuleta just keeps getting better and better.

The American Idol alum just dropped a brand new 4-song EP called Leo.

“I want to get people to look up more, and the stars along with music are some of the best ways I know how to do that,” David shared about the cover art and concept for the EP.

It actually ties into his upcoming album with the same themes.

Leo is a more throwback and stripped-down set of songs,” he adds. “I wanted to show strength and that I was taking a stand for myself with these songs.”

David continues, “I want my voice to be heard after letting so many other voices and opinions steer my path. I felt the constellation of Leo represented that.”

David‘s EP features four songs: “Other Things In Sight”, “Someone To Love”, “I’m Ready” and “Spotlight Down”.

Grab Leo on iTunes now and stream below!

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David Archuleta Announces 'Orion' West Coast Tour Dates - Get Them Here!

David Archuleta Announces 'Orion' West Coast Tour Dates - Get Them Here!

David Archuleta has returned with one of the best EPs we’ve ever heard.

The former American Idol runner-up took a long break from music for a mission and returned with four amazing songs that you’re going to want on your playlist right away.

“This is a new beginning,” David shared about the EP. “I’ve never felt so intrinsically fulfilled and electrified by my own music.”

He adds, “It’s not just taking another chance with music, it’s taking another chance on myself.”

Listen to the EP below and find out all of David‘s tour dates inside!

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David Archuleta Tells The Story Behind His New Song & Video For 'Up All Night'

David Archuleta Tells The Story Behind His New Song & Video For 'Up All Night'

David Archuleta just debuted his first video in what feels like forever and it’s pretty amazing to watch.

The singer dropped the visual for “Up All Night” and later explained the true meaning and inspiration behind the song and video.

“Years ago, I was up all night for a different reason because I was lost and confused, wondering where I was going in my life. This family invited me to go out to rural Tennessee, away from everything and go fishing and to just spend time with them outside on their property,” he says.

David adds, “Suddenly, in this simple place, I found myself and I found motivation and inspiration and I found a piece of my identity that I was missing.”

Watch the full video below!

David Archuleta Drops New Single 'Up All Night' From Upcoming EP

David Archuleta Drops New Single 'Up All Night' From Upcoming EP

David Archuleta is officially back!

The American Idol alum just debuted a brand new song from his upcoming EP, Orion.

“‘Up All Night’ came from when I was having a really rough month trying to see how I could make a statement and prove myself and was getting nowhere,” David shared about the track with People.

He adds about the EP: “I’ve co-written all of the songs, and they they tell the journey of where I have been and where I am heading.”

Orion will be out on May 19th.