On Saturday, Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson posted a concerning message to his Instagram feed that began, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” before deleting it along with his account. The post—and subsequent aftermath—came in the wake of a much larger conversation (some might say feud) percolating on Twitter during the weekend that involved Drake and Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Davidson’s former fiancé Ariana Grande.
Following hours of coverage and concern from fans and friends, Davidson made a brief appearance on the fall finale of SNL. But a lot happened in the days leading up to Pete’s message, so here’s a brief recap to get you up to speed:
Ariana Grande Wades Into Kanye West and Drake’s Twitter Feud
On Thursday, Kanye West kicked off a Twitter clash with Drake, publicly reigniting a long-simmering feud that kicked off earlier this year. Amidst the chaos, Ariana Grande stepped in to ask the “grown men” to stop arguing so fans could enjoy she and Miley Cyrus’ new music. “Guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u,” she tweeted.
On Saturday, West responded to Grande, firing off a series of tweets letting her know that “all of this foolishness weighed on my mental health” and asking her not to “use me or this moment to promote a song.”
Grande responded, writing, “With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. period. I was making a comment ab what men were doing at the time vs. women. It was a joke which i understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if i was in any way triggering and hope u feel well today.” The tweet was later deleted.
The singer also posted two other tweets, which are also now deleted, reading “stop weaponizing mental health everyone,” and “regardless of how i feel about a situation, i can also care about their mental health.”
Pete Davidson Praises Kanye West
Davidson, who has been outspoken about his own mental health after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, took to Instagram on Saturday to applaud West, after he’d called out Grande, for being vocal about mental health.
“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote, per US Weekly. “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.”
Many Grande fans saw this message as a dig at the pop star, who ended her relationship with Pete at the end of October. Many began viciously trolling him online.
Pete Davidson Posts a Highly Concerning Message to Instagram
Following the above tweets—and the bullies—Davidson posted a message written in the iPhone’s Notes app to Instagram with the following message: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. 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.” He then deleted the post and account, causing mass concern for his well being.
Fans and fellow celebrities, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Nicki Minaj, and Megan McCain, posted messages of support for the comedian to Twitter, and many called on those near to Davidson to check in. “Pete Davidson … hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love somewhere 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,” wrote Smith.
Ariana Grande Shares Her Support for Pete Davidson
Grande also commented in a series of since-deleted Tweets to her ex-fiancé. “Man i’m so sorry i told a dumb joke,” she wrote, according to People, likely referencing the Tweet about Kanye West.
“I really didn’t mean any harm. all i want everyone to be healthy and happy. so desperately. please. my god,” she continued. “I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too.”
According to the New York Times, a police officer was sent to the Saturday Night Live studio to check on Davidson, and an NBC representative reportedly contacted the New York Police Department separately to say “Davidson was at work and was fine.” During Saturday night’s episode of SNL, Davidson appeared briefly to introduce Miley Cyrus as the evening’s musical guest.
That’s all we know for now, but we’ll keep this story updated as we hear more.
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