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 Davidsonâ€™s mental illness, Borderline Personality Disorder.
On Thursday, May 24, Davidson responded to detractors via an Instagram story. He began:
Normally I wouldnÂ’t comment on something like this cause like fÂ— you. But I been hearing a lot of Â“people with bpd canÂ’t be in relationshipsÂ” talk. I just wanna let you know thatÂ’s not true. Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they canÂ’t be happy and in a relationship.
Pete’s instagram story pic.twitter.com/0lDGmlcupw— daily pete davidson (@davidsonsource) May 25, 2018
Fans appreciated his candor:
thank you for this. it can be so lonely.— Brian Small (@mrbriansmall) May 25, 2018
Thank you for your vulnerability. I have very close family members that live with these challenges and I am always humbled by their strength and determination in the face of their own battles and societies stigmas. Thanks for being a positive outspoken role model.— melissa brauchler (@mbrauchler) May 25, 2018
It's like saying, you have diabetes you can't be in a relationship.— Jill Pritts (@Juxtapositions) May 25, 2018
Davidson went on:
It also doesnÂ’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.Â And I encourage those who struggle to seek help as well it has changed my life for the better.
pete davidson is one out of like three celebrities who have bpd so for yall to insult him and call him a crackhead and shit really affects how us borderlines are seen and further stigmatizes bpd pic.twitter.com/CH2l7oR4mv— alex ?? (@robbedsettos) May 22, 2018
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by â€śemotional instability, feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, impulsivity, and impaired social relationships,â€ť but is treatable through â€śtalk therapy or, in some cases, medications.â€ť Davidson would not stand for any generalizations surrounding the illness:
I just think itÂ’s fÂ—Â— up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do. ItÂ’s not their fault and itÂ’s the wrong way for people to look at thingsâ€¦I may be crazy but at least IÂ’m aware of it and not afraid to be honest about it and IÂ’m not hiding behind a twitter or Instagram account. IÂ’m simply writing this because I want everyone out there who has an illness to know that itÂ’s not true and that anyone who says that is ill and full of sÂ—.
BPD IS ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD DISORDERS AND BLESS PETE DAVIDSON FOR BEING OPEN ABOUT IT!!! DO NOT USE THIS AGAINST HIM!!! WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS TO BREAK THE STIGMA!!! https://t.co/mv6AuD3nS4— Hannah (@h_geere) May 24, 2018
Davidson signed off on a positive note:
Mental illness is not a joke itÂ’s a real thing. ThereÂ’s kids out there killing themselves. And itÂ’s fÂ—Â— 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. ThatÂ’s all. Love to everyone.
I honestly didn't know who Pete Davidson was until these dating rumours, but I respect him so much for this. As someone who struggles with BPD seeing Pete handle this so well just makes me have so much admiration for him. People with BPD are capable of being in relationships. https://t.co/eYgWeMpvRz— ? (@fwumani) May 25, 2018
Davidson and Grandeâ€™s relationship has â€śjust started,â€ť and, according to a source close to them, is â€śvery casual.â€ť According to PEOPLE, an onlooker at the Billboard Music Awards spied them cuddling up to each other after the show:
AfterÂ ArianaÂ’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 friendsÂ… She seemed quite smitten.
So Ariana Grande is rumored to be dating Pete Davidson and it seems they have matching tattoos now. pic.twitter.com/H59E0HTUeQ— A????? (@WarWithinSelf) May 21, 2018
Congrats on the relationship, you two! May the haters stay far, far away.