Comedian Pete Davidson, 23, has revealed he is sober for the first time in eight years.


The Saturday Night Live actor was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 17 or 18 years old and has been using marijuana to cope with his symptoms. “I found that the things the doctors were prescribing me, and seeing all these doctors and trying new things, weed was the only thing that would help me eat,” Davidson said in an interview. Joining the cast in 2014, Davidson is the youngest member of SNL.

“My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn’t be able to eat, but then I’d smoke and I can eat and do my shows. I wouldn’t be able to do SNL if I didn’t smoke weed. I wouldn’t be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It’s awful for me because I don’t feel well.”

The 23-year-old took to Instagram to address his fans about the issue, saying he is clean and happy. “Just wanted to let you guys know I’m okay. I know I’ve kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years. It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man,” he said. “I’ll always be here for you guys, I promise. Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. It’s nice to be back in action.”

Davidson has also credited rapper Kid Cudi for helping him through hard times. The rapper checked himself into rehab last October for depression. “He saved my life. I would have killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi. If you’re 25 and under, I truly believe that Kid Cudi saved your life,” Davidson said.