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.
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 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.
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 “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—.
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 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.
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 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.
So Ariana Grande is rumored to be dating Pete Davidson and it seems they have matching tattoos now. pic.twitter.com/H59E0HTUeQ
— Aᴢʀɪᴇʟ (@WarWithinSelf) May 21, 2018
Congrats on the relationship, you two! May the haters stay far, far away.