Pete Davidson Talks Online Bullying, Mental Health And Suicidal Thoughts
In a new Instagram post, Pete Davidson opened up about the emotional toll of online hate on his mental health.
The 25-year-old comedian and Saturday Night Live star has been the subject of intense public scrutiny after a highly publicised romance, engagement and break up from Ariana Grande this year.
As Ariana Grande released the music video for her smash hit "thank u, next" -- a break-up anthem that addressed her split from Pete with the lyrics "even almost got married / and for Pete, I'm so thankful" this week, Pete addressed the backlash he's received this year.
In the heartfelt post, Pete wrote that he's been silent about the backlash and "never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything".
"I've been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months," he wrote. "I've spoken about BPD 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."
Previously, Pete has spoken about a suicide attempt he made while in primary school, and has been open about his struggle with borderline personality disorder.
“I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this,” he concluded.
Since the post, there's been an outpouring of love and support for Pete, and Ariana herself liked a post that said simply: "LEAVE PETE DAVIDSON ALONE !!!"
It appears that while the two are no longer together, there's no bad blood between the former couple. In Ari's "thank u, next" video, she wrote on Pete's Burn Book page that she'll always love him, and added, "sry I dipped".
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