updated 05/21/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/17/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
Is David Archuleta’s dad a pushy stage parent?
After recent Internet reports suggested that the American Idol contestant’s father is a stage dad, Jeff Archuleta is facing new accusations from one of music’s most famous moms, Naomi Judd.
The country star, who appeared as a judge on Star Search when David was a contestant several years ago, criticized his dad on the Today show Thursday.
“I want to give a shout out to [David’s] dad. Leave him alone,” she said during an interview. “His dad is like the worst stage dad.”
But not everyone agrees. Singer Diane Gordan, a friend and mentor to David, responded to Judd’s remarks, telling PEOPLE that Jeff Archuleta isn’t the bad guy that is being portrayed.
“There’s no way I would feel comfortable being around this man if I felt he was a bad person to his kid,” Gordon said. “Jeff is a very loving and supporting dad. It’s easy when you hear one person say something about someone, taking it and blowing it out of proportion, and then it just spirals out into a whole different story and keeps escalating.”