Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson opened up this week about the extreme online bullying he says he has faced from people targeting his mental health issues, some of which have urged him to hurt himself or commit suicide.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything,” the actor 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.”
The 25-year-old, who has previously opened up about his mental health issues including depression and borderline personality disorder, also spoke of how people were urging him to kill himself.
“I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months,” he wrote. “I’ve spoken about [borderline personality disorder] 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.”
“I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone else 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,” he continued.
Grande later responded to Davidson’s plea, saying she will always have “irrevocable love” for him.
“I know u already know this but I feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others,” she wrote to her fans. “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 gentler with others, even on the internet.”
Davidson was at the center of controversy last month after he mocked former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, who lost his eye fighting terrorists in Afghanistan, comparing him to a “hitman in a porno movie.”