On Saturday, SNL comedian Pete Davidson posted an unsettling post on Instagram with a caption that read, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so. I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” and deleted his Instagram account.
Fans and other celebrities got extremely concerned about Davidson’s well-being and it went to such an extent, that the New York City police department visited his apartment to check on him and make sure he’s okay.
But Davidson’s suicidal post actually stemmed from a Kanye West tweet. Ariana Grande, Davidson’s ex-fiancee commented on West’s tweets that were aimed at Drake. In a since-deleted tweet, she wrote, “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online [right now], but Miley [Cyrus] and I [are] dropping our beautiful,new songs tonight, so if y’all could please just behave for like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u.”
West tweeted back saying, “I know Ariana said this to be cool, and didn’t mean no harm, but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me.” He added, “People will no longer take mental health for a joke.” Grande later apologized today, calling her comments “insensitive” and “a dumb joke.”
I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me pic.twitter.com/T9VXaIj9MX
— ye (@kanyewest) December 15, 2018
Following the whole Kanye West-Ariana Grande spat, Davidson took to Instagram and wrote, “Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health. I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye. No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.” Davidson then made the suicidal remarks on Instagram.
Loads of celebrities including Ariana Grande herself, extended their support towards Davidson.
Pete Davidson … hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love some where around you … today! Right now! And then … let in the help that will become available. I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) December 15, 2018
im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that.
— colson (@machinegunkelly) December 15, 2018
Am hearing Pete Davidson is at SNL and accounted for.
We are thinking of you, Pete.
You are loved.
(And just a heads up, when you finally turn on your cell, it’s gonna go apeshit for a little while) https://t.co/erUaTcPSdw
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) December 15, 2018
No matter what we think of celebrities or public figures, Pete Davidson is a human being who deserves to live. The thousands of hurtful comments to him are shameful and inhumane. Please know Pete, that you are loved by millions. Most of all, your family loves you unconditionally. pic.twitter.com/t5EFwCboEd
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 15, 2018