Pete Davidson Speaks Out On Bullying

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Christine Nguyen, Staff Writer

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  On Monday, December 3th, Pete Davidson posted a message on his Instagram account, @petedavidson, that confronted the internet’s hostility about his previous relationship with Ariana Grande.

  The two met in March and started to date in late May. Davidson and Grande quickly got engaged weeks after, but parted ways in October. According to their camp’s telegraphs, there is no ill will between Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande.

  During the course of the last nine months that Davidson had been together with Grande, he opened up about how the ongoing online bullying has taken a great toll on his mental health. Despite Pete Davidson having included the break-up in his SNL stand-up act, the comedian seriously expressed his disbelief towards the public harassment that he had been facing.     

  Davidson wrote, “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 truly is mind boggling.”

  Two years ago, Davidson revealed his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and personal struggles with suicide.

  Davidson discussed his reason behind sharing his personal struggles with mental health and wrote, “I’ve spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth.”

    Davidson then closed his statement by reassuring his fans that he will not attempt suicide no matter how hard he is pushed by the online and public bullying.

  Danielle Kim (11), member-at-large of the Mindful club at West, said, “It’s not surprising at all because in the end he’s human. Everyone who’s interrogating him is also human too. So we’re prone to feel bad, make mistakes and whatnot… Even though he’s a famous person [and] he’s struggling with these kinds of disorders, illnesses, and conditions, there’s no reason for him not to.”

  In response to her ex-fiancé’s message, Grande released her own statement on her Instagram story @arianagrande. The pop singer tried to encourage her fans to change their behavior towards Davidson.

  She said, “[I] really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. [I] care deeply about pete and his health. [I’m] asking you to please be gentle with others, even on the internet.”

  In addition, Grande’s new hit song “thank u, next,” also mentions their courtship. Her lyrics “sorry, I dipped” and “for Pete, I’m so thankful” are dedicated to their former intimate relationship as a couple.

  Jonah Wasserman (9), who enjoys listening to Ariana Grande’s songs, said, “What he had to deal with in the past with his BPD and what he has to deal with now is very difficult. I feel like comedy can help him find happiness. [Grande’s notion] should allow people to reconsider mental health and cyberbullying not only to Davidson, but to other people as well.”

  This topic speaks a strong message that mental health can affect anyone including celebrities despite their background, outer appearance, and age. Cyberbullying has become increasingly common and it is now more important than ever to look out for one another and “be gentler with others.”

 

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