Monday, 10 Dec 2018
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'I'm upset' Pete Davidson gets candid about online bullying and mental health


Pete Davidson poses for a portrait at the American Museum of Natural History 2018 Museum Gala on Nov. 15. (Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images)

The Internet has equalized many things between the famous and the normals, including how easy it is for hordes of people to harass you.

Pete Davidson wrote on Instagram on Monday, which is about how long ago his relationship with pop singer Ariana Grande started.

Their quick engagement became the object of pop culture fascination, and their subsequent intense breakup brought to the attention of the "Saturday Night Live" member cast, including a storm of vitriolic comments.

Both of their camps telegraphed that there were no ill feelings between the two, but the scrutininy continued. Davidson has incorporated the breakup into his stand-up act, but on Monday, he took a serious tone in disclosing how the hostility is affecting his mental health.

"I've kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything, "Davidson wrote on his Instagram account. "I'm trying to understand how to do something about the world. Especially in today's climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it truly is mind boggling. "

Davidson, who in 2016 he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, wrote that he was speaking about the disorder and being suicidal "only in the hopes that it will help bring this earth. "

He continued: "I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to kill me. I will not. I'm upset To all those holding me down and watch this for what it is – I see you and I love you. "

Last week, Great's manager, Scooter Braun, hopped into the comments section on Davidson's Instagram account, defending the comic from hateful messages.

"Pete is a good dude," Braun wrote, as HuffPost reported. "No one has gone for this guy and he is a stand up guy. Show respect because trust me everyone on this side knows he deserves it and wishes him well. "

And Great included an apology for Davidson in her music video for "Thank you, next," with a message reading, "sry I dipped." (The song itself has the lyric, "for Pete, I'm so thankful.")

Davidson is far from the only celebrity to directly address the online harassment they've received. And celebrities are not immune to the kind of online harassment that people face, especially the kind based on gender or race.

Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei, who is a black woman, in the aftermath? she explained. One Direction alumnus Zayn Malik, who is Muslim, shortly left 2012, quoting the "useless opinions and hate I get daily."

Selena Gomez Has Said She Sheets Instagram "at least once a week," telling the New York Times, "you fixate on the [negative comments]. They're not like, 'You're ugly.' It's like they want to cut to your soul. Imagine all the insecurities that you already feel about yourself and having someone write about everything – even if it's just physical. "

Great herself has been an ongoing target of harassment, especially after her long training boyfriend Mac Miller died in September from a mix of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

Within hours of Miller's death, his fans went after her, and the comments on her Instagram were turned off, the Cut reported. Then, after she posted a Thanksgiving message paying tribute to Miller, the hate came back again, including one person who accused Grande of "milking" his death.

"I pray you never have to deal with anything" tweeted in response.

Months earlier, a lot of hate after Miller's DUI arrest, and she responded to misogyny in the criticism.

Celebrities have long called out tabloid coverage. A social media goal has opened up the floodgates.

But these famous people are not living on other planets. They live on this one, and it turns out, they do read the comments.

Abigail Ohlheiser contributed to this report.

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