Pete Davidson has issued a statement addressing the backlash he has faced during and after his highly-publicised relationship Ariana Grande, telling the masses of aggressive internet trolls they won’t take advantage of his mental health.
Taking to Instagram, the Saturday Night Live cast member said he had kept quiet in the face of abuse in public and online, but can longer refrain from commenting on the matter.
“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,” Davidson said.
“Especially in today’s climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it truly is mind boggling.”
Davidson referenced living with Borderline Personality Disorder and suicidal thoughts, saying his mental health has been a particular target of detractors hellbent on causing him genuine harm.
“No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t,” Davidson said.
“I’m upset I even have to say this.”
In May, amid rumours that he was dating Grande after his split with Cazzie David, Davidson told his Instagram following that “just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship.
“It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic.”
The then-24-year-old added “I just think it’s fucked up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do.
“It’s not their fault and it’s the wrong way for people to look at things.”
At a November comedy set, his first since the split from Grande, Davidson said “I’m a good guy that just keeps getting kicked in the dick.
“You’re like, ‘Ah, that fucking poor kid. Hope he doesn’t kill himself.’ That’s America.”
Now we’re here. It seems like it would be pretty easy not to denigrate a dude who has been open about his struggles with mental health, but hey. Don’t be assholes, folks.
If you would like to talk to someone about mental health, you can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Headspace on 1800 650 890. If you are contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.