Ariana Grande Has Asked Her Fans To ‘Be Gentler’ With Pete Davidson
On Monday, Davidson shared a message on Instagram about the online and in-person bullying that he has been experiencing following his split with Grande. “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,” Davidson wrote “…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.”
In response, the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer came to Davidson’s defense in her Instagram story by asking her fans to be gentle and not be a part of the problem.
“I know u already know this but i feel i need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others. I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity. i care deeply about pete and his health,” she began.
“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,” Grande continued. “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,” she urged. “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.
In June, Grande and Davidson got engaged after weeks of dating, and just a few months later the duo called it quits.
Following the break-up, Grande dropped a break-up song, “Thank U, Next,” which addresses her past romances with dancer Ricky Alvarez, rapper Big Sean, Mac Miller and Davidson, and looks to her future. Just last week, millions of people tuned in to watch the Mean Girls inspired music video to the song, in which she apologized to Davidson by writing “sry I dipped,” “HUUUUUGE” and “I love u always” in the iconic Mean Girls Burn Book lookalike.
A source previously told People that the Saturday Night Live comedian hadn’t intended on speaking out publicly until a waiter in a restaurant put on “Thank U, Next” while he was in the restaurant and then started filming him. “The whole story is not out there and people are bullying Pete for something that is not his fault,” the source said. “This is definitely bullying, her fans are continuously bullying him. He has a mental illness and no one seems to care about that.”
“It’s just ridiculous and mean. His feelings were genuine and hers seem to be just part of some plot point,” the source continued.
Earlier in the summer, Davidson temporarily removed himself from his social media platforms. “No there’s nothing wrong. No nothing happened. No there’s nothing cryptic about anything. I just don’t wanna be on Instagram anymore. Or on any social media platform,” Davidson wrote on his Instagram story then. “The Internet is an evil place and it doesn’t make me feel good.”
Just last week, Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, also found himself defending Davidson against hateful messages from Grande fans in Davidson’s Instagram comments. “Stop the bull—” he wrote in response to one of Grande’s fans. “It is nothing like that and Pete is a good dude. No one has hate 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.”