Pete Davidson just gave a rare public statement about his breakup with Ariana Grande. The Saturday Night Live comedian took to Instagram on Monday, December 3, and revealed he's been bullied by fans, both online and in person, for roughly nine months. (He and Grande announced their split in mid-October.)
"I've kept my mouth shut," his statement reads. "Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything. I'm trying to understand how when something happens to a guy the whole 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."
After mentioning the bullying, Davidson continues, "I've spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in 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. To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is, I see you and I love you."
Grande replied to Davidson's statement via a direct message, presumably with a fan. "I have never encouraged anything but forgiveness," she wrote. "I care deeply about Pete and his health and would never encourage any kind of mistreatment. I haven't seen any of it because I'm blocked, but I want you to know that I would never want or encourage that ever and you should know that. I care about him deeply."
These are the first incredibly forthcoming messages Davidson and Grande have released about their breakup. Prior to this, Davidson made a few jokes in standup routines and on Saturday Night Live. Grande, meanwhile, stayed relatively mum until the release of her song "Thank U, Next," which includes lyrics about Davidson.