Trigger warning: This post talks about suicide.
After everything they’ve been through, Ariana Grande wants Pete Davidson to know that she’s still there for him, and it couldn’t be sweeter. The Saturday Night Live star worried his fans on Saturday, Dec. 15, after he shared a troubling message about not wanting to be on this Earth anymore. A large number of his friends, fans, and other celebrities reached out to the comedian via Twitter, after he posted the unsettling sentiment, but it was his ex-fiancée’s reaction that was the sweetest. Ariana rushed to the SNL studios, where Pete was rehearsing for that night’s episode to make sure he was OK.
“I really don’t want to be on this Earth anymore,” Pete, who deleted all of his social media accounts after the message, wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Ariana seemingly went to the NBC building in New York to attempt to see the comedian, which she shared via Twitter. “I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “I know you have everyone you need and that’s not me, but i’m here too.”
She also responded to a fan who asked why she didn’t just call her ex, writing in a now-deleted message, “I don’t have his number. What else?????????? How else would we like to vilify me today? [Please] keep going [because] I haven’t had enough guilt at all.” The singer recently revealed in a private message to a fan that her ex had blocked her on all social media accounts.
me: trying to figure out why so many people are @ me
also me: finds out ariana grande replied to me before deleting it i- pic.twitter.com/WN16cEhIs2
— ty🥀 (@chaengscult) December 15, 2018
Pete’s chilling post came minutes after he praised Kanye West for speaking out about mental health. Some fans took his comment as a clap back at the “God Is A Woman Singer,” as she had just shaded Kanye’s feud with Drake. As J-14 readers know, Ariana urged her fans to listen to her new single, “Imagine,” instead of paying attention to their drama.
“Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online rn but Miley [Cyrus] and I dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight,” Ariana wrote on Twitter on Thursday, Dec. 13. “So if y’all could please just behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank you.”
“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Pete, who has been open about his own mental health issues, wrote. “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,” he continued. “No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.”
Kanye responded to Ariana’s tweet, accusing the 25-year-old of using his issues to promote her new song. “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,” he wrote. “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.”
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
Ariana later apologized, explaining that that was never her intention. “With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. Period,” she wrote. “I was making a comment [about] what men were doing at the time vs. women. It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope you feel well today.”
“Man I’m so sorry I told a dumb joke,” the singer continued in the series of now-deleted tweets. “I really didn’t mean any harm. All I want everyone to be healthy and happy. So desperately. Please. My God.”
Pete, who was engaged to the singer for four months before splitting in October, opened up about the negative effects bullying has had on his mental health earlier this month. “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 hopes that 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.”
The NYPD reportedly checked on Pete after he posted the scary message and confirmed he was OK. Later that night, he appeared only briefly in the live portions of SNL.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there are many resources available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
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