Pete Davidson Gets Candid About Cyberbullying, Mental Health

By Kelly Burch 12/06/18

Pete Davidson, who has been vocal about his mental health issues, penned a post on Instagram about the cyberbullying he has received due to his former relationship with Ariana Grande.

Pete Davidson got real about cyberbullying, suicide and mental health in a recent call-out post.
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Comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Pete Davidson is opening up about the online attacks he has fielded since his breakup with Ariana Grande, and while he was dating the singer. 

Davidson said that people have bullied him online and in public, bringing up his mental illness and suicidal ideation, during and after his relationship with Grande. The pair started dating in May and quickly got engaged, before splitting up in October. 

Davidson has been open about being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the past and took this opportunity to talk frankly about cyberbullying. 

"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 wrote on Instagram on Monday. ”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 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 tries to make me kill myself. I won't. I'm upset I even have to say this.”

Davidson was diagnosed in 2017 and has been open about how his mental illness affects him. 

“I’ve been having a lot of problems,” he told Marc Maron on the WTF podcast in September 2017, according to Time. “This whole year has been a f—ing nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”

However, Davidson told Variety that he has been educating himself in order to learn how to live with his illness. 

“The last few years have been real rough with me,” he said. “I took all these mental health classes and really spent a lot of time getting me good.”

In May, he talked about the misconception that people with BPD can’t have healthy relationships. 

“Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this cause fuck you,” he wrote, according to The Cut. “But I been hearing a lot of ‘people with bpd can’t be in relationships’ talk. I just wanna let you know that’s not true. 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. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them … 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.”

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