"American Idol" front-runner David Archuleta has spoken out in support of his father, amid reports that Jeff Archuleta has been [article id="1587273"]banned from the show's backstage.[/article]
"I don't really care what people say, but I know it's affected him and stressed him out," the younger Archuleta said in the newest issue of TV Guide, according to UsMagazine.com.
The final straw appeared to be a lyric change [article id="1586970"]Jeff Archuleta reportedly insisted on during last week's performance show.[/article] Despite being warned against it, David's father is said to have requested alterations to the lyrics of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" in order to slip in a verse from Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls," a move that reportedly cost the production additional song-clearance costs.
"I've heard some weird things that people have been saying, and it's kind of a bummer," David reportedly told the magazine. "I think I, of all people, would know what's going on, and he's been great.
"He's given me a lot of good advice and helped me from making any dumb decisions," Archuleta continued. "He understands more than anyone what I want in music, and I've felt really blessed to have someone like that."
David also addressed rumors that his father withheld water from him during a recording session.
"That's kind of stupid," he insisted. "I'm 17! I think I'd be able to stand up for myself if he were to take my water away."
Jeff Archuleta recently told Us that he is not the [article id="1586109"]domineering stage dad people seem to think he is.[/article]
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