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- On Monday, Pete Davidson posted a statement on Instagram addressing online critics.
- Davidson addressed the attacks he’s been receiving online regarding his relationship with Ariana Grande.
- “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself, I won’t,” he said. “I’m upset I even have to say this.”
- Davidson has previously spoken about his experience with mental illness, specifically his diagnosis with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and his experience being suicidal.
On Monday, Pete Davidson posted a statement on Instagram addressing online critics. In his post, the “Saturday Night Live” actor said that over the last nine months he’s been “getting online bullied and in public.”
“I’ve kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything,” he 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.”
“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,” Davidson wrote on Instagram. “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.”
People are responding to Davidson’s post with messages of support in the comment section.
“At the end of the day, none of these people know you personally or your situation. Please don’t let any irrelevant people keep you from being happy and make you think that you are less than,” one person wrote.
“Love you, Pete! You’ve made so many fans who love watching you each week,” someone else said. “Keep making us laugh and telling us your truth!”
“Prayers to you and everyone struggling with the same thoughts and feeling,” a third commenter wrote. “Breaks my hear that people are so cruel.”
This isn’t the first time Davidson has spoken out about how the internet and social media affect his mental health. In August, he told Variety that at the time he had quit social media because it was taking a negative toll on him.
“The internet is evil, and I don’t like how it affects me,” he said. “I don’t like how the internet is a place where anybody can s— on you and make anything up. I’ve worked really hard to get my brain to this place. I can’t go online like everybody else because it’s just a f—fest. And now I get to enjoy my life.”
He concluded his statement by thanking his support system: “To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is – I see you and I love you.”
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