Yesterday (December 15), Ariana Grande’s former partner, Pete Davidson, posted an alarming message on social media, which had people seriously concerned for his wellbeing.
Taking to Instagram, the Saturday Night Live cast member wrote:
i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. [sic] i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. [sic]
all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so. [sic]
Fans reached out to the American comedian, offering messages of support, but Davidson then deleted all of his social media accounts. However, his ex-finacee (Grande) has now reached out to him.
While fans were frantically worrying about Pete, Ariana took to Twitter – in a now deleted post – writing:
man i’m so sorry i told a dumb joke. i really didn’t mean any harm. all i want everyone to be healthy and happy. so desperately. please. my god. [sic]
Just minutes later, the 25-year-old singer then posted a message of support which suggested she was in the same building as Davidson, acknowledging although she might not be ‘who he needs’, she wanted him to know she was ‘there for him’.
In another now-deleted tweet, she wrote:
I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too. [sic]
Ariana’s ‘dumb joke’ reference is thought to be linked to the argument rappers Kanye West and Drake were having.
Earlier on Saturday morning (December 15), Kanye replied to a tweet Grande had posted a couple of days before, in response to a Twitter tirade he’d launched against Drake.
Grande had written:
Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online rn but Miley and I dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u. [sic]
Her latest single Imagine was released later the same day.
Kanye responded to her, writing:
I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me.
All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song.
Not done there, Grande replied:
With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. Period. I was making a comment ab what men were doing at the time vs. women. [sic]
It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope u feel well today. [sic]
You’re probably wondering what the spat between Ariana and Kanye has to do with Pete Davidson.
Well, Davidson weighed in, writing in an Instagram post:
Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health. I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this.
We need people like Kanye. No on should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.
In the comments section of his post, several of Grande’s fans accused him of ‘going after’ Grande and ‘attacking’ her with his remarks.
And it comes after Davidson recently stated how he’s been bullied for months by people online, even before his and Grande’s split in October.
At the time, he wrote:
I’ve kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything. I’m trying to understand how when something happens to a guy the whole entire world just trashes him without any facts or frame of reference.
Especially in today’s climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it is truly mind boggling. I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months. [sic]
I’ve spoken about [Borderline Personality Disorder] and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth…I just want you guys to know. [sic]
No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t.
Following Davidson’s admission, Grande issued a plea to her fans, posting the following message:
I care deeply about Pete and his health. I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the Internet…
I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point.
The New York Police Department revealed they performed a ‘wellness check’ on Davidson, reports CNN, with NYPD Lt Paul Ng saying officers met with him in person.
Hours later, Davidson appeared in two segments of Saturday Night Live.
The first was a pre-recorded skit, where he played Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek, auditioning for a role hosting the Oscars, before going on to introduce a live performance by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson later in the evening.
If you’re experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is there to support you. They’re open from 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Their national number is 0800 58 58 58, and they also have a webchat service if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone.