Jeff Archuleta Speaks Out on Relationship with Son

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While millions of girls scream in delight over David Archuleta every week on American Idol, his father has come under fire for screaming of a different kind.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com, for example, has reported that Jeff Archuleta - a 47-year-old small business owner in Salt Lake City - has "screamed at his son and has even withheld water during rehearsals, even bringing his son to tears."

Is Jeff truly this hard on his talented offspring? Us Weekly recently spoke with him to find out...

How would you characterize your involvement with David's career?
Because I'm also a musician, I'm probably a little bit more involved. I kind of look at it like, 'I'm David's music consultant,' someone he can bounce ideas off, who can help him because I do have a lot of experience.

How do you collaborate with David?
When we have a chance to sit down and talk - which is usually at night or in the morning - we'll discuss the songs and the choices he has. He'll ask me what I think, and I'll ask him what he feels good about, and we'll arrive at a consensus. Sometimes he'll call his mom up and get her in-put. We have a family team that tries to help David feel good about his song choices.

When did you realize he had this talent and how did you encourage him?

I first realized he had talent when he was 4 or 5, and his mom taught him to play "Little Drummer Boy" and a church song on the piano. He played very well, but he was very shy and didn't really sing much. When we moved from Florida to Utah when he was 6, we didn't have a piano. I gave him a video to listen to one day just to keep him and his little brother busy while my wife and I were unpacking.

He listened to this video of [Les Misérables] literally the entire day. When I came back, David had memorized several of the songs, complete with the Cockney accent. He was just belting out these songs, in tune, and I thought, 'Wow, he's really got a good ear.'

Over the next couple of years, he got quite into musicals, like Into the Woods and Evita. He'd watch the videos and sing the songs, and I could tell he definitely had talent. When he was 10 and learning Celine Dion and some Whitney Houston songs, I started hearing that he was going after the runs and the licks that usually [only] the divas can do.

But he still didn't want to sing much, so we just had to wait until he wanted to. Then when he did, we just tried to find opportunities for him. We never were the type of parents who had him be in every talent show. He was in one talent competition when he was 10, and the next one he was in was Star Search.

He did very well. He had just turned 12 and ended up winning his particular division, Junior Singer. Obviously, he realized then that people like to hear him sing, and it gave him more confidence. The best thing was the feedback from people â€" that's been David's motivation. He thought, 'Wow, if I can make people feel good through my singing, then I feel good singing.' That's what he thrives on.

On the March 25 episode, viewers saw a glimpse of a girl. Ryan Seacrest said David was taking her to prom. True?
That wasn't accurate at all â€" that was just something Ryan said. Someone must have said something just because there was a friend of his [there] who happened to be a girl. It wasn't a girlfriend; she's more like his sister.

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um thats really ignorant to say. because you have no proof THAT it is the case that there mostly cook fans who made up the rumor and your making a hasty generalization about all cook fans.

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I don't know why I have to listen to this garbage anyway, wasting my time! Sorry for my spelling on my first comment. One more time, DAVID ARCHULETA IS NOT GAY... I did a lot of research about it and they are all made up by the people who hates HIM mostly Cooks fan.

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you should see the message he has on his myspace to him, hehe, i think it is on the left of the myspace page and i think he forgot to take it down, oops! hehe, http://www.myspace.com/pd1202t...

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Vanessa never said anything about rumors being a few months ago, she only said that its being talked about in the United Kingdom, so how are you confused? hmm... I think some people confuse themselves, anyhow I just seen someone else post something on another page on this site about someones myspace page, www.myspace.com/pd1202tp I guess this is the guy that is with Archie, and I think its cute how he has his song on his myspace. Awww.

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to Vanessa the commenter b4 this one wasn't the rumours in the uk like a few months ago are u saying just now? u confused me on that 1

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I think this is true too. But I don't really think that it is nice to put other peoples business online like this, I am sure none of you would like if the world was doing it to you. I am sure all of you are in the US, which I am not, so just so everyone knows these rumors are now all over the UK... Not too cool now, huh? For what it is worth, I have done my own research and the rumor does seem to be true. Maybe hard to believe, but definitely true.

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Anybody who checks these links which "prove" the David/Phillip story will quickly find that the proof isn't there. It's too silly. If David were gay, it's not nor will it ever be with this dumb Phillip Daggett guy who lives 2000 miles away.

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To Maddie, well sorry if u think Daggett is such a horrible person which he's not..HE HAS SAVED PEOPLE"S LIVES,so really he isn't all. By the way Daggett was never arrested for anything. He helped when there was a car crash,the puzzles lounge incident where some homophobic guy went and lounged a hatchet at the customers and he helped everyone get out of the bar and also helped the injured. The other one was when he saved the life of a chocking baby. There is no evidance that the rumor came from Daggets mouth and a person who spreads a rumor is looking for attention, but Dagget's not looking for attention because he is pushing away people who keep messaging asking him if it's true. This is not something that he would like to talk about as like he mentioned on the additional info on his youtube.

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the real story is a over zealous man (daggett) trying to get his claim to fame--anyone can search google or yahoo and find many many false claims from daggett phillip has sued taco bell, toyota, been arrested, and so on-- this is your answer-- Daggett is desperate for attention David on the other had is a shy innocent teen-- reaching for his dream-- how sad that dagget is trying to ride his coat tails, I have seen davids personal diary and it DOES NOT MENTION daggat anywhere--period This is a classic slander case!!! and anyone with any heart would stop the rumor now--find something else in your life to focus on

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Here is an interesting story about the two of them in the news. http://www.edgeboston.com/inde... what do people have to say about that?

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