Over the years, comedian Pete Davidson hasn’t exactly had an easy go of it. Not only did he have his whirlwind engagement with Ariana Grande broken off, he also had to deal with several other splits and all the emotional fallout that comes with them in the public eye. And it wasn’t the same kind of limelight he’d been used to living in before his relationship. Though he was already on SNL, dating the pop singer helped him become a household name.
“GQ wouldn’t hit me up if I didn’t recently get engaged to a super-famous person,” he said in a GQ profile in August 2018. “I gotta tell you, up until about two months ago, if someone wrote about me, I saw it … Nobody gave a s–t two months ago, so anytime there was an article, I would obviously see it, because my mom would send it to me and be like, ‘Yaaay!'”
These days, he’s inundated with coverage, which can come with hurtful reminders of his past relationships and mental health struggles. At one point, things even got so bad that he shared a message with his fans (and haters) on Instagram. “I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months,” he wrote in a since-deleted 2018 post. “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,” he wrote.
But, like he said, this was far from the first time he opened up about his mental health and related struggles. In fact, he’s talked about it a lot in the past, whether it was on SNL’s “Weekend Update” segments, in interviews, or online. In a June 2020 YouTube interview with CBS Sunday Morning, he talked more about the “pretty dark” period he went through two years earlier.
Admitting he “got as close as you can get” to hurting himself without actually doing it, he revealed he was “testing the waters.” It took discovering “the right treatments” and meeting “the right doctors” and doing “all the work that you need to do to, like, not feel that way” to get him back on track. We’re glad the King of Staten Island star is in a good place now. Keep doing the work, Pete.
Check out some of Pete Davidson’s best quotes on mental health in the gallery below.
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