As it’s the No. 1 single in the country, chances are you’ve heard Ariana Grande’s latest track, thank u, next. (At the very least, you’ve likely seen or heard people using the phrase.)
And while she never spoke ill of her relationship with Pete Davidson, some fans rushed to attack him regardless.
Grande and Davidson had a whirlwind 5-month relationship that culminated in the pair breaking off their engagement back in October. The pop star’s latest release pays tribute to not only Davidson, but to multiple exes of Grande’s.
It seems, for some reason, that some of her fans believe that Davidson wronged the Sweetener singer at some point. The comedian and SNL cast member quickly became a target for online harassment and bullying.
Responding to the Bullies
On Monday, December 3, Davidson posted a message on his Instagram in response to being bullied online.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut,” his statement read.” “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.”
Davidson continued, explaining that it was “mind boggling” how “everyone loves to be offended and upset.” He also added that he’s been forthright and open about borderline personality disorder and having suicidal thoughts for a reason.
Speaking Out About Mental Health
“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.
“I just want you guys to know,” he went on. “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tried 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.”
It’s worth noting that Grande lost former ex-boyfriend Mac Miller to suicide earlier this year.
Grande’s Call for Less Toxicity
The day after Davidson posted his message on Instagram, Grande posted one of her own.
“I know u already know this but i feel i need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others,” she said in an Instagram Story. “I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. i care deeply about pete and his health.”
She continued, “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.”