Ariana Grande has urged her fans to be “gentler” with her ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson after he described how he felt suicidal and experienced online bullying after their split.
The SNL star, who split from Grande in October after less than six months together, opened up in an emotional Instagram post on Monday (December 3).
“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 trashes him without any facts or frame of reference. Especially in today’s climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it is truly mind-boggling. I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months.”
Now, Grande has posted a message to fans on her Instagram stories, in which she reposted Davidson’s comments and urged her followers to “be gentler”.
“I know u already know this but i feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others,” she said. “I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. I care deeply about Pete and his health. I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet.
“I’ve learned thru my own mistakes not to be reactive on socials so i do understand. But you truly don’t know what anybody is experiencing ever. Regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public. I can promise u that. So please let whatever point you’re trying to make go.”
In Davidson’s earlier message he also spoke of how he had previously outlined his battles with mental health and remained adamant that he would stay strong.
“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. To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is – I see you and I love you.”
Davidson’s frank address came only days after he featured in the music video for Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next.’
In the Mean Girls inspired clip, his name appeared in a “burn book” that features Grande’s ex-boyfriends – alongside Big Sean.
Grande referenced the song in her message, saying: “I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point.”
Davidson first addressed the split at a comedy gig, admitting that he had a “lot going on”.
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