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Pete Davidson Claps Back At Haters Who Say Ariana Grande Shouldn’t Date Him Because Of Mental Illness

Pete Davidson, the 24-year-old cast member of Saturday Night Live, is dating singer Ariana Grande following her breakup with rapper Mac Miller. As this news made the rounds on social media, some fans began sounding off against the relationship because of Davidson’s mental illness, Borderline Personality Disorder.

On Thursday, May 24, Davidson responded to detractors via an Instagram story. He began:

Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this cause like f— you. But I been hearing a lot of “people with bpd can’t be in relationships” talk. I just wanna let you know that’s not true. Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship.

Fans appreciated his candor:

Davidson went on:

It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them. And I encourage those who struggle to seek help as well it has changed my life for the better.

Borderline personality disorder is characterized by “emotional instability, feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, impulsivity, and impaired social relationships,” but is treatable through “talk therapy or, in some cases, medications.” Davidson would not stand for any generalizations surrounding the illness:

I just think it’s f—— up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do. It’s not their fault and it’s the wrong way for people to look at things…I may be crazy but at least I’m aware of it and not afraid to be honest about it and I’m not hiding behind a twitter or Instagram account. I’m simply writing this because I want everyone out there who has an illness to know that it’s not true and that anyone who says that is ill and full of s—.

Davidson signed off on a positive note:

Mental illness is not a joke it’s a real thing. There’s kids out there killing themselves. And it’s f—— horrific. For all those struggling I want you to know that I love you and I understand you and it is going to be okay. That’s all. Love to everyone.

Davidson and Grande’s relationship has “just started,” and, according to a source close to them, is “very casual.” According to PEOPLE, an onlooker at the Billboard Music Awards spied them cuddling up to each other after the show:

After Ariana’s performance, they were backstage and he had his arm around her. They seemed very lovey-dovey. He was hanging out with her and her friends… She seemed quite smitten.

Congrats on the relationship, you two! May the haters stay far, far away.

H/T: People, Getty Images, Getty Images, Instagram

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--