It’s been a little over three months since David Archuleta surprised his fans with the announcement that he was putting his music career on hold to embark on a two-year Mormon mission. Now, the 21-year-old singer has another surprise for his fans: he’s cutting his hair!
In a new video update on his journey serving with the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Archie tells his fans that he'll be trimming his Bieber-esque locks in favor of a more conservative look. "Just about to go get my haircut for my mission. You have to keep it short and clean, and nicely cut, so I'm going to go do that now."
"This is the last time it'll be this long for the next couple of years," Archuleta added, looking a bit uncertain about the decision.
"But I kinda need one anyway."
Archuleta, who came in second place in season seven to "American Idol" champ David Cook, announced his faith-inspired mission in December at the Salt Lake City concert stop of his "My Kind of Christmas" Tour. At the time, Archie told his fans that the decision to go on the mission was one he made entirely on his own.
"It's not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore," he told the crowd. “It’s because it’s what I feel I need to do next in my life. It’s the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life -- the feeling that’s allowed me to have the opportunities I’ve had, the challenges and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling and answer when it calls. That’s the reason why I know I have to do this in my life," he said.