Ariana Grande Defends Pete Davidson On Instagram After Being “Bullied”

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Ariana Grande defended Pete Davidson on Instagram Stories early this morning after the SNL cast member shared a note on his account about the bullying he’s faced related to the “thank u, next” hitmaker. Emphasizing “forgiveness and positivity,” Ari asked her fans to “be gentler with others” and emphasized the irrevocable love she has for Pete.

“I’m trying to understand how when something happens to a guy, the whole world just trashes him without any facts or frame of reference,” Pete wrote on Monday, revealing that he’s faced bullying online and in public for the past nine months, during and after his relationship with Ariana.

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“I’ve spoken about [Borderline Personality Disorder] 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,” Pete continued. “No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t.”

While Ariana’s latest single, “thank u, next,” is filled with positivity towards her past relationships, some fans incorrectly labeled it as a diss track against the singer’s former flames. Even Ariana’s manager, star-maker Scooter Braun, has felt the need to defend Pete against online trolls in the past week, responding to a negative comment on one of Pete’s photos that the comedian is a “good dude” who deserves respect. Ari has now also made it clear that she “[cares] deeply about Pete and his health.”

Pete has joked about his split with the Sweetener songstress on SNL and in stand-up performances but has nothing but kind words for his ex-fiance.

“She’s a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world,” Pete said during Weekend Update in the hours after “thank u, next” was released. The single is now the only song in history to reach both 100 million streams and 100 million music video views, and it reached three consecutive weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart before being overtaken by Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” after the Astroworld singer’s Skrillex collaboration created a resurgence in streams. “thank u, next” now holds the number two position on the chart.

Ariana reportedly was unaware of the hate Pete had been receiving since their breakup, DMing a fan that she has been blocked from his social media accounts but re-emphasizing that she “would never encourage any kind of mistreatment” and still “[cares] about him deeply,” Elle reports. Pete and Ariana no longer follow each other on social media, but their kind words towards each other encourage forgiveness and empathy. Ariana even apologized for the breakup in her music video for “thank u, next,” writing “[sorry] I dipped” in her Mean Girls tribute next to a photograph of Pete, confirming reports that it was Ari who ended the relationship.

E! News shares that Pete has started dating again, two months after his split from Ariana. Meanwhile, Ari is taking some much-needed time to herself, and is “so good with that.”

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