Pete Davidson reveals struggle with depression and online bullies in emotional Instagram post
Pete Davidson was well-known in comedy circles, as one of the young stand-out cast members of Saturday Night Life. However, after dating pop sensation Ariana Grande, he catapulted into a whole new level of fame. All of a sudden, the paparazzi followed him everywhere, and websites pumped out endless articles about his love life. In a profile with GQ, he confessed that sometimes he drives around New York City late at night, just to have a moment of privacy.
After just few weeks of dating, Pete and Ariana got engaged, and you could tell they were serious, because they got matching tattoos. The internet was smitten with their whirlwind romance, but sadly, Pee-riana was not meant to be. Last October, the couple broke up, and you could tell they were serious, because they covered up their matching tattoos. Today Pete shared an emotional post on Instagram, revealing his struggle with depression and online bullying following the split. And I'm glad he didn't get this message tattooed, because it's pretty long.
"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. I’ve spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.
"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. To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is — I see you and I love you."
There are a lot of perks to being a celebrity, like the money, the money and the money. (And did I mention the money?) However, when you achieve fame you risk getting sucked into the social media gauntlet, a farrago of adoring fans and odious haters, who subject you to constant scrutiny. We all know how tough breakups can be, without the hassle of getting plastered on the front page of the tabloids.
Pete's been open about his struggle with mental health, admitting he suffers from borderline personality disorder. Also, he experienced a traumatic event at a young age: When he was seven, his father, firefighter and first-responder Scott Davidson, died in service during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
So, lay off Pete, Ariana fans, who think he broke her heart! In her star-studded new music video, she sings about how grateful she is for their relationship, and writes in her 'burn book' that she will love him always.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.