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Pete Davidson, who has frequently detailed his struggle with mental illness, is OK and at Saturday Night Live following an alarming Instagram post.
“i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. All i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so,” Davidson wrote in a post from his now-deleted Instagram.
Davidson, 25, has frequently and publicly talked about his mental illness. He has been in rehab for addiction after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in his teens and revealed he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2017.
He has said that losing his father in the September 11, 2001 airplane hijackings profounding affected his mental health, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Davidson has experienced extreme negativity online following his breakup with singer Ariana Grande. The latest episode seems to have occurred after Davidson defended Kanye West for calling out Grande on Twitter.
“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,” Grande said in a now-deleted tweet. West took the message to be a reference to his beef with rapper Drake, and tweeted at Grande not to use his personal life to promote her song”Imagine.”
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 pic.twitter.com/T9VXaIj9MX
— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018
“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,” West tweeted, later saying that people should “no longer take mental health for a joke.”
“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson posted on Instagram. “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 one should ever point finger at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.”
Davidson has said that Grande’s fans bully him although she has tried to keep them from doing so.
“I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet. i’ve learned thru my own mistakes not to be reactive on socials so i do understand,” Grande said on a Dec. 4 Instagram story, as reported by Pitchfork. “But you truly don’t know what anybody is experiencing ever. regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public. i can promise u that.”
She added that Davidson’s health and happiness were important to her.
Grande also reached out after Saturday’s Instagram post, saying on Twitter, “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,” Grande wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to People.
Celebrities offered support on Twitter, too:
im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that.
— colson (@machinegunkelly) December 15, 2018
Thinkin about U Pete. Hit me back bro
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) December 15, 2018
We can be so insensitive. God bless Kanye & Pete. Being flippant about mental illness speaks more about you than them. Stop saying the word love & live it. Love is an action.
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) December 15, 2018
Am hearing Pete Davidson is at SNL and accounted for.
We are thinking of you, Pete.
You are loved.
(And just a heads up, when you finally turn on your cell, it’s gonna go apeshit for a little while) https://t.co/erUaTcPSdw
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) December 15, 2018
If you are dealing with mental health issues and need someone to talk to, please check out Mental Health Resources.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.