Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds on His Guilt as a ‘Unique Mormon’ – Extended Cut

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds on His Guilt as a ‘Unique Mormon’ – Extended Cut

Hello my friend. Well hello. It’s good to see you. You too. All right, so I
was lucky enough– Dan sent me an advanced copy
of this when he finished it. And I just, and I– I hope– you saw some
of it today, right? Everybody– we showed them
as much as we could today. It’s so good and so important
and I’m so proud of you. I love you and I’m a fan
anyway of your music and you. But I think this is really cool. So explain where you grew up and
a little bit about who you are and how this happened. Cool. Yeah, I grew up in Las Vegas,
raised Mormon, family of nine– so eight boys, one girl. And yeah, Mormonism is– anybody who’s raised Mormon
knows that it’s very– it’s not like a religion
where you just go on the holidays or something. It’s like your whole
life is based around it. I was a little
rebellious growing up. Not anything crazy, but always
a little bit of the black sheep of the family. And then ended up
getting kicked out of BYU, which is like the
Mormon college that you go to. And I got kicked
out for having sex with my girlfriend
of four years. And that was a really
devastating moment for me. A lot of kind of like
needless shame and guilt. And it was the first
time that I really felt conflicted, where my
heart and my mind didn’t align. I felt like why is this thing
that feels right also something that gets me kicked
out of college and shames me in my
community and made me feel all this guilt. And I don’t know, that’s kind
of where my first, like– I felt like something
needed to change, I guess. You know, I grew up and
I had a lot of friends who were gay and Mormon. They couldn’t come
out to their parents. They couldn’t even come
out to me because we just wouldn’t talk about it. But it was kind of known,
you know what I mean? Yeah. And watching their
struggle for me was awful. And then feeling a bit of
shame in my life over something I shouldn’t have been
shamed about help me to kind of identify
to some degree with what our LGBTQ
youth face all the time with an orthodox
religion, which is feeling guilt and shame about
something that’s beautiful and
perfect and normal. Right. And– Yeah. [CLAPPING] So you’re feeling all that and– but what made you, because
it’s one thing to feel all that and to talk about
it kind of low key. Because you have a career,
you’re doing very well. What made you decide to
be so vocal about it? You know, I have an
incredible therapist, which I’m trying to
de-stigmatize that word as much as possible because I think
it’s really powerful to have a therapist, who told me
I needed to live my truth. And it was something I’ve
known for a long time, but I hate to hurt
people’s feelings. And I love my family. I never want to disrespect my
family or Mormonism or anybody. You know, because I just believe
that you can’t ever understand someone else’s story. You can’t speak for them,
you shouldn’t judge them. But on the same
note, you know, he told me basically you need
to offend people sometimes. You have to speak your truth. And if you don’t, you’re
just kind of suffocating. Like you’re not even living. And I realized I hadn’t been. And so for me one of my big
truths that I needed to speak, that I felt a weight about was
guilt. And I’d lived with it. Like every Imagine
Dragons song– I know most people
think like they’re about like radioactive
like zombies or something, but they’re really not. It’s all about,
really, a lot of guilt that I’ve dealt with
since I was very young. And depression and
things that stemmed from unnecessary judgment. Yeah. And so, yeah. So you’re helping so many
people by doing this. I just have to
say the Utah youth suicide, the leading cause
of death for Utah kids ages 11 to 17 is suicide. Suicide in Utah has increased
141% because of the shame they feel from
the Mormon church. Nationally, the rate
increased an average of 6%. LGBT youth are at
eight times higher risk of suicide because of this
shame that society puts on them. So and it comes from
every angle, you know. I mean, speaking as
someone who grew up knowing that every magazine
is a man and a woman, and every billboard is a man– You know, it’s just,
even if it’s not spoken, it’s just you know
that you’re not part of what you’re supposed to be. So for you to speak out and
to do something like this is going to help so many people. You’re going to
save so many lives. So I thank you. And there are going to
be so many kids that are going to be alive
because of you, because of what your doing. [CLAPPING] And not to disrespect
any religion at all, but sometimes I think when
you are raised in a certain– it gets, they get
inside your head. And it’s just repetition
from generation to generation to generation, as you
see in this documentary that you put out,
that people don’t even think for themselves anymore. They’re just doing what
they think they’re supposed to do because of this religion. Tell everyone–
last week you asked your mother this question. And tell them what you
asked and what she said. Yeah, I think this is
an important question because it really
sheds a light on what it’s like to be conflicted
about your faith, but also what you
feel in your heart. So me and my mom has had a
lot of dialogue about this. My whole family is super
active Mormon still. I still, I qualify myself as
a Mormon, but a unique Mormon. And so I was sitting
down with my mom. And I asked her, you know, mom– and this is probably a terrible
question to ask of your mom. But we were arguing about
things, not arguing, but– yeah we were
arguing a little bit. And I said, you know,
there are two train tracks and I was tied on one. And the other was
like, I think I said like Jesus or God or
Joseph Smith, something that symbolized a lot of
weight to my mom spiritually. And I said, you know, both these
trains were coming, which– who are you going
to save, you know? And my mom was just
kind of silent, and I think she just said, I
can’t answer that question. I don’t know. And for me, I have three
daughters, I’m like, come on, this is like
such a no brainer. Like, you know, I
would save [INAUDIBLE].. And the thing is, I
know my mom said that. I know 100% my mom
would be running over, untying me, and
be like, you know, getting me off the train track. There’s no question. But for her to
see how conflicted she was even with that question,
and me being far enough removed from– like taking a
step back from religion and spirituality even to
deal with like my own things. I don’t know, it was
like, I know my mom, I know what she would do. But that really reflected to
me how when it’s in, you know, it’s your everything. Mormonism is like everything. Judaism is your everything. It’s your culture. It’s like, you know, when you’re
raised in these really orthodox religions, it’s,
you know, you can’t separate between
who you are and what this was that was
taught to you every day. And if you don’t, that
can be really dangerous if you’re taught things
that are incorrect. Yeah, yeah, just
and, you know, not that anyone is teaching hate. But any kind of intolerance
is basically, it’s a different form of
judgment and not accepting. And, you know, it’s really
hard to tell not, for me, to not understand that we
should love our uniqueness. We should love how
individual we all are. And how, and that’s
what makes us special, is how different we all are. Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
to subscribe to her channel so you can see more
awesome videos, like videos of me getting scared or
saying embarrassing things, like ball peen hammer. And also some videos of
Ellen and other celebrities, if you’re into
that sort of thing.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds on His Guilt as a ‘Unique Mormon’ – Extended Cut

  1. vil Lain says:

    That's a wake up call for Mormons

  2. Josh Ing says:

    Nice interview…but what is it that Dan has actually done that's they are all talking about? Apart from his awesome songs.?

  3. carol graham says:

    I LOVE Imagine Dragons and I am a senior citizen

  4. Shalts E says:

    We are not mormons we are, members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And we love and try not to judge anyone. We aren't perfect and we love the Lord and you!!!!

  5. Shalts E says:

    It is not the religion that is the problem, but the choices that you choose.

  6. ClickBait77 says:

    Lol iluminati confirmed

  7. Jasim Mohamed says:

    All respect and love for this man 💖🙏

  8. Melissa Leos says:

    Ellen, you who are not at all religious, should not be having an opinion on what your perception of religion is. Your comments are not even to close to what true religion and belief is. It’s not passed down dumbly from generation to generation. I don’t know about Mormonism but speaking as a Christian, Christianity is a tolerant religion and we love everyone. We want to bring everyone to Christ. So please don’t spread your bigotry and negativity about a religion you know nothing about. Thanks

  9. Luís Melriça says:

    My girlfriend doing practical year in Sudan, in very important finantial studies, will be very thankefull for your conversation, particularly spreading a happy way to pass leisure time, wich really better than nothing! 🙂

  10. Vision Peer says:

    I remember being suicidal, I hung to cliff (yeah, now I'm good), fought hard with OCD, they were there for me as music <3

  11. Rawana a says:

    I had no idea mormons and muslims community so very similar.

  12. A Girl Named Hunter says:

    If he’s Mormon then I’m Mormon 😘

  13. Шаха Халмурадова says:

    Love him

  14. Isabel Ortiz-Cañavate says:

    Dan Reynolds is one of a kind. He really is special. So talented, so beautiful in and out.
    Bless him and Ellen too, for spreading a bit of love, and sharing and a lot of common sense.

  15. Dachsund LOVER Dean says:

    I’m only 12 I don’t know what is completely happening probably cause I’m kinda doing something right now but I agree with him

  16. vin8162005 says:

    I love him!!

  17. RH celtic says:

    the agenda is "we are chosen" EvIL defined, Palestine is an open-air gulag!

  18. Chill Out says:

    Dan Reynolds, you are a beautiful soul, find inner peace.

  19. Tea Djuric says:

    What is mormon and who are mormons??

  20. Danny Lalmuankima Danny Chhehlawn says:

    Min han kawm ve teh mizo ṭawngin

  21. Neeka D says:

    Ahhh you need to invite him again!!!

  22. Natália Fernandez says:

    Ele é de outro planeta, e eu amo.🎧👽❤

  23. Kaleid Stone says:

    I just realized that I’ve never heard his voice when he’s not singing.

  24. 13613 30597 says:

    I really love you Dan 💕😭💕

  25. Oksana Prusova says:

    Now I love Dan even more! ❤️

  26. Olivia Wilcox says:

    I come back to this video when I’m struggling with how the church makes me feel. I’m heading down the same path as him and know that you can make it out happy

  27. Giannis kolyvas says:

    Can anyone help me I couldn't understand a lot

  28. Radu Negru says:

    religion is the root of all evil …

  29. Mike Carver says:

    I wish Ellen would cite her source for the suicide statistics because every time I hear them they are worse and worse and it's bogus. There is absolutely zero research to back those statistics and to blame it completely on the church demonstrates her own bigotry, lack of knowledge and bias.
    We can follow the world or follow Christ. I will follow the Savior. We all follow something or someone. Reynolds chooses to follow the world and thinks that'll bring eternal happiness. The bible is the truth. And the condemnation of adultery and fornication is found throughout. Guilt helps us repent and draw closer to God and to just try to another it is more destructive than realizing it's placed there for our own good. He doesn't need a therapist. He needs Christ.

  30. Laura Laurent says:

    The message of this is everything

  31. 贾卢卡 says:

    No respect for Mormons

  32. Hariom Kushwaha says:

    1.6k dislikes are from Mormon Community!

  33. Hevar Rysta says:

    When will he speaks about out of illuminati?

  34. Grim Reaper says:

    If Ellen was his hife

  35. Jasmine Cormier says:

    2019 july

  36. Not you again says:

    3:47 just look dan 😂😂

  37. Cameron Sanderson says:

    Dan Reynolds is a fairly attractive dude

  38. Zachary Whitcher says:

    I've been going through bullying and he has helped me step up to my bullies

  39. 000000 says:

    you can deny help others and support them
    look that doesn't mean that you believe and God has mercy but he understand is things will save you from things you believe are right but at same time he understands you putting limits to progress more he is expecting more from you life has purpose
    desire are right but desire are wrong too .

  40. Stony P says:

    All religeous people should answer that clever train track analogy, I'd worship that Dragon 😉

  41. Khushboo Pidiyar says:

    God I love this guy. I have listened to so many of his songs and am just seeing his interview. He is everything I would have imagined him to be. 😍😍

  42. ·Gisela Luna· says:

    I’m from Las Vegas and my 6th grade math teacher used to teach him. He’s a wonderful person.

  43. Νικόλαος Ζωγραφάκης says:

    Two very beautiful human beings – who happen to be beautiful on the outside as well – talking about universal truths..Thank You both.

  44. John Ahlstrom says:

    I'm also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm so proud of Dan and what he's doing. Although I don't support what people choose to do sometimes, I still love them and admire their courage!

  45. Chris S says:

    He's beautiful

  46. Hector Five says:

    Ellen, G has ?? demons. ""

  47. haider ali says:

    Next generation music

  48. The Elemental Gaurdian says:

    Imagine Dragons. A band that speaks the truth, their songs do not talk about nonsense like other kinds of songs. They do tell a story which you can try to piece together, they may sound good but just listening, or hearing the words come through are enough to make you think, "what if.." or "Now that I think about it" there's more to band then it just sounding amazing or good, so much more.

  49. DomUnseen says:

    i liked him for their contribution to the league of legends community. i now have a reason more to like him.

  50. Paul Huaringa says:

    In summary There are Mormon that judge but there are Mormons that are Nice no mormon is perfect

  51. Толкинист says:

    Дэн Великий человек, огромное спасибо ему и за поддержку, и за его творчество. Бесконечно люблю и уважаю его.

  52. Diana Lynn Coyle says:

    Very good yes indeed

  53. Yoanita Hope Bria says:

    My love dan reynolds ❤

  54. nuffzed202 says:

    Wow. 1st time Ive seen an interview. I like this guy.

  55. RAIDERANGEL2014 says:

    I love him and he's absolutely a great guy n their music is beautiful speaks to me in so many ways

  56. Rohan Bhattarai says:

    God loves Sinners but hates sins.
    No one has right to judge anybody except God. Believe in God and most importantly stay away from toxic people.

  57. Lorraine Bell says:

    I love Imagine Dragons!

  58. Melody Sill says:

    I am also a non-attending mormon and I still love the teachings but am aligned with Dan. He's legit.

  59. Deborah Victoria Edwards says:

    Blessings from THE TRINITY 🌟🙏💖.
    No guilt should Dan feel. Angel's, Warriors they are to me…

  60. Albert Putra says:

    Eddie Anthony (The Score) x Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragon)
    Which is The Best?

  61. Robert Trail says:

    What a beautiful human being. He is also hot AF.

  62. Goddess Capricorn says:

    So perfect 🙏

  63. Inazuma vickun says:

    He manages to be hot,cute,serious,funny and open-minded at the same time omg

  64. Sony Limbu says:

    You know it was the westerners the Europeans that brought LGBTQ+ discrimination in the east and sometimes I wonder what world would have been like if there was no discrimination

  65. Sony Limbu says:

    Yep their songs pack a lot of stories and it's really fun to figure out the meanings of their songs

  66. shania lorusso says:

    Dan Reynolds HANDS DOWN is amazing, musically, lyrically, spiritually, emotionally and hes fantastic!!!

  67. Darlene Smith says:

    I qualify myself as a believer, and morally I answer only to God, who came as Jesus and taught us how he expects us to live. He's the only authority. I'm 60 and I love Imagine Dragons.

  68. Robert Haizlip says:

    This guy is fruity AF!!

  69. Jo Mansfield says:

    Thank you Dan!!We LOVE YOU!! I was raised in a cult!!I woke,now I am HAPPY!!XOXO

  70. Troy Dircks says:

    Dan is an awesome role model and like the rest of us on planet earth, a sinner. However, the suicide stats/culture comments in this video are laughable. Salt Lake City is a HUB for LGBTQ and one of the most accepting communities in the world. That is because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, not in spite of it. I love Ellen and admire the good she does in the world. All of these kids committing suicide today are struggling mightily, but don’t try to blame that struggle on religion or Christians. Selfishness is the religion of today’s youth and rather than seeking a higher power, they are settling for instant gratification. Instant gratification never brings lasting peace. We all need to be better for each other.

  71. Devon Zastre says:

    He's extremely handsome and is such a great presence.

  72. Manpreet Bishnoi says:

    I could help you all

  73. Dream Big says:

    All those years of listening to Imagine Dragons, i wouldn't of guessed that he was Mormon.

  74. nicole chouinard says:

    As im watching this, i seem to remember the documentary he made about being Mormon and being part of the lgbtq community. I really enjoyed watching that and wish I could watch that again.

  75. peter gagnon says:

    do not use utah as a stereotype for mormons not all of them are like that and it is really only utah

  76. Tony Ames says:

    What a beautiful person

  77. Bradley says:

    I just love this man

  78. k9 aid says:

    Naw your Moms hesitated your dead lol

  79. JuanDaniel 2015 Panamá says:

    gracias Dan

  80. Just a Random Dude says:

    I just got so much more respect for him.

    I’m willing to say it, Mormonism is a cult.

  81. iDascoisas says:

    I love this man and your ideas about the world and the people! I love you ❤️

  82. Neil Rogers says:

    I’m sorry people , it ain’t rocket science . It’s 2019 , whatever your religion , faith , opinions , Love is love . Change gonna come ! Peace ✌️

  83. Mukesh Tiwari says:

    We love you too…..Dan🌹

  84. Melvin Osiel Maldonado says:

    I never noticed how Hot He is !!! 🔥

  85. FrozenHeart O says:

    He should be in the "Sexiest Man Alive" list.

  86. Germain josh lamb says:

    This man is a stud probably the most hottest frontman for a rock band and he's got a nice set of buns wooof

  87. MrandomGirl says:


  88. Kyo Ily says:


  89. Eddie DeJesus says:

    I love how he tells people what they want to hear NOT what they need to hear. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he should know better. He's an opponent of Christ; he is one who is in opposition to the true gospel, the true Church, and the true plan of salvation. He should tell them to repent, not rebel openly every summer in Utah. There is no pride in walking in open rebellion before the Lord. Their sins will be on his head.

  90. Reading Turtle says:

    It's allies like him that are keeping the momentum going for lgbtq+ rights. Thank you!

  91. jmatt4life says:

    Dan must be a giant.
    He looks super hero tall!!!

  92. Adam Balcazar says:

    This guy is just amazing!

  93. PaolaBelike says:

    I wanna meet him😫😫💔💔💔

  94. The Unique Jora 813 says:

    We known has "mormons" are not to go by that anymore. We are members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" / LDS

  95. Michael T says:

    Mormonism isn’t a religion, it’s a cult

  96. Russel Furtado says:

    SO HOT 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  97. Melisa Johnston says:

    I love Dan Reynolds and I love Ellen. I too feel that we shouldn't judge eachother, instead we should uplift and help one another. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of this. With the women that committed adultery, He said that whoover without sin cast the first stone, He being the one without sin, helped her up. We don't have to agree in order to help one another. God loves us, no matter what decisions we make in this life. He has set laws to protect us, to bless us. We must trust Him.

  98. Melissa Daily says:

    And next…there will be white young males suicides. Then another sector will be demonized and the sick game goes on.

  99. Charles Koushik says:

    On the outside He looks like a stonecold mma fighter… But he is realy a very soft guy inside

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