Pete Davidson Addresses His Suicidal Tweet & Mental Health Battle On 'SNL'
By Peyton Blakemore
January 20, 2019
In Pete Davidson fashion he's used humor to address what was clearly a difficult time in his life.
The 25-year-old comedian returned to Saturday Night Live on Saturday (January 19), speaking out for the first time since he tweeted he didn't "want to be on this earth anymore." Pete was joined by fellow comedian John Mulaney as the two stopped by "Weekend Update" to give an update of their very own.
During the segment, Pete and John joked about Pete's tweet with John saying, "I’ve been spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane.... A sober, domestic life." Pete then jokingly replied: "Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide." Adding, "I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke." Then, at the end of the segment, Pete shouted, "I didn't mention her once!" seemingly referencing his ex-fianceé Ariana Grande.
As fans know, Pete's return to SNL came a month after he shared an alarming message that suggested he was suicidal. "i really don't want to be on this earth anymore," he tweeted. "i'm doing my best to stay here for you but somewhere 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." Following the incident, there was an outpour of support for the 25-year-old comedian —who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2016. His close friend Machine Gun Kelly rushed to be by his side, along with his ex-fianceé Ariana. While Pete reportedly refused to see his ex, instructing security to prevent her from coming to the SNL set, she tweeted that she would be there for him if he ever needed her.
Pete's suicidal message also led to thousands of people, including a ton of celebs, sending him well-wishes on social media, as he's previously expressed how much online bullying and harassment has affected his mental health.