It’s been almost two months since Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson broke up, but the scrutiny and speculation surrounding the former couple just won’t die down.
Of course, part of the reason for the continued fascination is that Pete and Ari can’t stop talking about their split.
Last week, the breakup became the talk of social media yet again, thanks to Ariana’s well-received music video for "Thank U, Next."
The lyrics to the song address several of Grande’s past relationships, and the video features a nod to her time with Pete.
Many were hopeful that that would be the end of it, but it seems Ari’s fans have been relentless in their harassment of Davidson.
And the situation apparently got so bad this week that Pete felt the need to issue a public statement.
Taking to Instagram, Pete posted the following heartfelt plea for compassion:
"I’ve kept my mouth shut. 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 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 been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months.
"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."
"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."
Folks who only became familiar with Davidson due to his relationship with Grande might be surprised to hear him say that the bullying has been going on for the better part of a year.
Pete’s been open about his struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder, and has frequently discussed his troubles during SNL segments.
As a result, there’s been considerable interest in his personal life for quite some time.
Many who were familiar with Pete were surprised by the uproar that occurred when he joked about his relationship with Grande on the air.
After all, this is a man who’s made a career of pushing the envelope and being intensely open about his personal life.
But today, Pete bared his soul for reasons that have nothing to do with comedy.
We hope those who might be inclined to heap abuse upon him out of misguided loyalty to his ex might pause and consider what Pete said today.