Watch: Out 'American Idol' Star David Hernandez Releases New Song 'ILY.'

Monday July 5, 2021
Originally published on July 4, 2021

A scene from David Hernandez's "ILY." music video.
A scene from David Hernandez's "ILY." music video.  (Source:YouTube Still)

Out "American Idol" star David Hernandez released his new song "ILY." earlier this year — a new summer anthem that celebrates acceptance Pride.

Co-written with Stewart Taylor and produced by Alex Teamer and Push Kahlon, the new song is a powerful message of inclusion and how it's vital that we love one another for who and what we are.

"ILY." is not pronoun specific and that was intentional," Hernandez said in a press release. The initial pre-chorus was written as: "I wouldn't be the man I am if it weren't for you" but Hernandez changed the line to "I wouldn't be who I am, if it weren't for you."

"I want everyone to be able to identify with the song's message. We are lacking inclusion in music and it needs to be recognized because inclusion inspires understanding and humanizes our experiences," the singer added. "Growing up, I was only taught the dynamic and gender roles between a man and a woman. There was never any rule or guide book on how two men can coexist in a romantic relationship. Navigating it on my own has been challenging, especially when many people in the world still continue to view same sex relationships as not normal."

Hernandez is also sharing the music video for his new song. Shot by Arno Diem, the vid depicts "two people in a relationship that are struggling with each other's shortcomings and insecurities. They visit a therapist...and discover that through the heartache, they share a common thread of love for one another and that for many, it's the obstacles we overcome that make a relationship stronger," a press release reads.

The video stars actress Alexa Abraxas and "So You Think You Can Dance" star Benji Schwimmer.

"We are all beautiful and intricate beings that just want to love and be loved," Hernandez said, adding that he hopes his new song inspires acceptance and understanding as grace and love are essential. "This Pride season, be who you are unapologetically and authentically. Break free from judgment and live your best life! ILY."

"ILY." is currently streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Check out the music video below.